BURLINGTON COUNTY-Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) forestry contractors will trim trees in more than 50 municipalities in September as part of its $34 million vegetation management program for 2017. The work is done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment which promotes enhanced service reliability by helping to protect against tree-related outages.
Year-to-date, more than 2,500 circuit miles of tree trimming have been completed, with an additional 1,100 miles expected to be completed by year-end.
JCP&L’s tree trimming program is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company’s direction. The work will take place in the following counties and municipalities:
- Monmouth County – Hazlet Township, Holmdel Township, Manalapan Township, Matawan Borough, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Tinton Falls Borough, Union Beach Boroughand Borough of West Long Branch
- Ocean County – Brick Township, Lakewood Township, Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, and Toms River Township
As part of the notification process, JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way are notified prior to work being performed. To further decrease tree-related outages, JCP&L’s foresters also are working to educate residents who live near company equipment about the importance of properly maintaining the trees on their own property.