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Jaffrey

Millipore: Tree  removal for safety

Code enforcement officer aware of work

  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Several trees have been removed on the Prescott Road side of Millipore in Jaffrey. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

JAFFREY — Those driving along Prescott Road might notice a few new stumps along the roadway, as a representative of the Millipore Corporation says it is removing some trees for safety reasons, as well as taking out some damaged plantings.

David Gallant, site manager at Millipore, said in an phone interview Wednesday that trees marked for removal were dead or dying, and there were concerns about deadfall with some of them. There have been instances in which the deadfall has fallen close to the parking area and employee vehicles, he said.

“Essentially, they were removed to address safety concerns,” Gallant said.

Not everyone is pleased with the removal of the trees. An unknown person posted a sign on the road, reading “Who speaks for the trees?” — a reference to the Dr. Seuss children’s book “The Lorax.” Jaffrey’s Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer Rob Deschenes said Wednesday that he has received a few calls from residents with concerns about the cutting as well.

Deschenes, said he had been in contact with Millipore officials about the tree removal. Some of the removed trees on the edge of the property bordering Prescott Road were cut in order to improve line-of-sight for the employees exiting the company’s parking lot onto Route 124, he said. At the same time, some plantings that were damaged this winter by plows removing snow were also taken out, Deschenes noted.

Some of the trees have already been cut and removed, with several others marked for removal. Gallant said he did not have a complete timeline for the final removal of the rest of the marked trees.

The town does have an ordinance for keeping a barrier between industrial properties and right-of-ways, Deschenes said. Millipore is aware of the ordinance, and will be replacing the damaged plantings in a way that will comply with it, he added.

Gallant said that the removed trees do not impact the vegetative buffer. The removed plantings do, however, and Millipore is currently pricing replacements, which will be planted soon.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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