Can a resident oppose the removal of a tree under the Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT) Program?

There are certain safety circumstances that the law allows the electric company to trim or remove a tree without notifying the property owner, with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) making the final decision in most cases.

If the ETT assessment recommends that a tree be removed, the property owner has the right to object and is under no obligation to sign off on the removal recommendation. The property owner may request that a tree only be pruned if  said pruning will satisfy the maintenance and safety requirements of the utility provider.

  • Trees that are decayed, insect-infested, damaged or structurally weak may be removed without notifying the property owner.
  • Small trees and saplings that are capable of growing into the conductors are normally removed before they grow tall enough to interfere with the lines.
  • Limbs are pruned using a tree-care industry technique known as target pruning. Each limb is pruned back to a point where it meets the branch collar so that the pruning cut will callous over and prevent decay of the pruning wound.


If there are any concerns or questions regarding this program please contact the Tree Warden.

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1. What is the leaf pick up schedule?
2. What is the Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT) Program, what role does the Trumbull Tree Warden play in it and what rights do I have as a homeowner?
3. How does this system manage the risk of tree failure?
4. Who do I contact if a tree is interfering with utility wires?
5. Who do I contact about a Town tree that needs attention?
6. Where can I find more information on United Illuminating's (UI's) Tree Care Program?
7. How are “Tree Service Requests” prioritized?
8. How long does it take for the Town to check a tree?
9. How is tree work performed?
10. If a private tree falls into the Town "Right-of-Ways" property line, who is responsible for its removal?
11. If the Town cuts down a tree in front of my house, can I keep the wood?
12. The Town of Trumbull removed a tree from our property and left the trunk, why?
13. Can a resident oppose the removal of a tree under the Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT) Program?
14. What is happening to the Ash trees?