This article was written and reported by Patch Regional Editor Gary Jeanfaivre.
Decaying and dying trees along state park hiking trails can be potentially deadly. And a new report by a regional newspaper reveals that several trails across Connecticut are lined with trees and limbs that appear to be on their way out, or, more accurately, down.
According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) incident report obtained by Patch, an examination of that tree revealed interior rot and partial rot near the base of the trunk on the side facing the river. It reportedly snapped about 8 feet off the ground and an approximately 40-foot section came crashing down toward the river, onto a rock ledge where the Youngs were eating.
In their investigation, reporters traveled to state parks throughout the state and took photographic evidence, documenting dead or decaying trees and limbs near trail heads and paths.
“We do our best to maintain trails and keep any dead trees away from them,” Gardner told The Register. “We do it both routinely and if notified.”
To let the DEEP know about potentially dangerous trees along trails, call the forestry division at 860-424-3630.