In the wake of two extreme weather events that left thousands without power, one of the state's top tree experts will talk this month about a how tree selection and placement can help reduce outages and property damage.

The presentation "Storms, Trees and You" will be delivered by Jeffrey S. Ward on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Fairfield Public Library.

His appearance is sponsored by the Fairfield Forestry Committee and is free and open to the public.

A chief scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Ward will discuss how smarter planting might have avoided some of the outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August and by a freak October snowstorm, the forestry committee said in a news release.

The talk will include an explanation of how selection of the right trees, their proper placement and maintenance can help reduce power outages and damage while maximizing such benefits as providing shade, cooling and beautifying yards and streetscapes, the committee said.

The talk is to include tips for planting new trees and shrubs, general tree care, and how to spot potential problems on your propert.

For more information, contact Misty Beyer by email at or by phone at 203-254-0123.