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NStar Halts Tree Clearing Work After Residents Complain

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BOSTON (CBS) – NStar has put a temporary stop to tree clearing work in Sudbury, Wayland and Framingham.

Spokesman Mike Durand said the work is important in preventing power outages and problems near transmission lines.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

However, several residents said the tree clearing now reduces the trees to stumps.

“This is something that goes throughout our service territory all the time. We have a five-year cycle right now that we began in 2010 and this particular right of way in MetroWest has come up for the work that needs to be done,” Durand told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday.

“In the past we had tried to what is called ‘top’ the trees, which literally is to cut the tops off. Well, utilities across the country are moving away from that method because it really is not healthy for the tree and eventually can create more problems than you try to solve.”

Durand said there is no timetable yet to resume the tree clearing, until talks with all three towns are complete.

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