JCP&L vegetation management work nearly finished

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) vegetation management contractors are nearing completion of the company's 2013 program to trim 3,600 circuit miles across its 13-county service area.

To date, crews have trimmed more than 3,200 miles throughout JCP&L's northern and central New Jersey service areas. The work is done each year to help maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against possible tree-related storm damage.

All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L's certified forestry contractors, including: Aspen Tree Expert Co.; Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; The Davey Tree Expert Co.; Lewis Tree Service Inc.; and Nelson Tree Service Inc.

To help maintain safe and reliable electric service, JCP&L regularly trims or removes trees and conducts vegetation management work along its electric distribution lines on a four year cycle. The company's certified forestry experts inspect vegetation near power lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that preserves the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. In some cases, trees that present a danger or are diseased also may be removed.

As part of the process, JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to work being done.

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