Land Trust Tree Policy
As a non-profit Land Trust, we maintain our land primarily in its natural, open, and scenic condition while allowing for public enjoyment. We understand that sometimes this approach might result in a situation that appears unsightly or dangerous to a neighbor.
Long-standing Connecticut law says that trees are a natural condition. When a tree falls of its own accord or during a storm, it is considered an ‘Act of God’. As a result, the legal principle is that the owner of the land on which a tree falls is responsible for removing the tree or handling any damage that may occur. An exception to this rule says that if a landowner takes an action that causes a tree to fall, they may be responsible for the results.
Landowners are not required to remove or prune trees on their land, especially on open space. Landowners may remove or prune the portions of trees which extends onto or over their land. So, if a tree is on or over your land, you may prune it up to your boundary. Whether the tree is growing, damaged, dead, or fell from a neighboring property, you can choose how to deal with the situation. Fortunately, homeowner’s insurance typically covers tree damage to a structure.
To be a good neighbor we may try to help solve a tree problem. However, please note that such efforts are solely at our discretion.
The Property Management Committee is the point of contact to the neighbors of MLCT properties. The MLCT PMC is responsible for managing easements, investigating and remediating encroachments and responding to fallen trees that may have crossed property borders. If you are unsure if a tree is on your land or ours, please reach out to the Property Management Committee.