MORRISTOWN – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) vegetation management contractors will trim trees in 45 municipalities this month, including East Brunswick and Old Bridge in Middlesex County and Springfield and Summit in Union County. The work is done each year to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against tree-related storm damage.
“Proper vegetation management is as essential component of the work we do to help protect our infrastructure,” said Anthony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations. “Our certified tree experts work year-round to help prevent tree-related interruptions of service.”
All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L’s certified forestry contractors, including: Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Lewis Tree Service Inc. and Nelson Tree Service Inc.
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 the 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 may also 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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