Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has begun its 2014 tree trimming program to help maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help prevent tree-related outages.
This year about $24 million of tree trimming work will be performed along more than 3,400 miles of lines across JCP&L's 13-county service area in northern and central New Jersey.
All work is done by JCP&L's certified forestry contractors including: Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Davey Tree Expert Co., Jaflo Inc. and Lewis Tree Service Inc.
In March, tree trimming will take place in 60 municipalities in the following counties:
· Burlington — Pemberton Township and Springfield Township
· Hunterdon — Califon, Clinton Township, Glen Gardner, Lebanon and Readington Township
· Middlesex — East Brunswick, Monroe Township, Old Bridge, Sayreville and Spotswood
· Mercer — Hightstown
· Monmouth — Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Howell, Long Branch, Manalapan, Red Bank, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls
· Morris — Boonton, Boonton Township, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Florham Park, Long Hill Township, Mendham, Mendham Township, Montville Township, Mountain Lakes, Morristown, Parsippany, Randolph Township, Rockaway, Rockaway Township and Wharton
· Ocean — Point Pleasant
· Somerset — Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills and Warren Township
· Sussex — Andover, Andover Township, Hampton Township, Montague Township and Sandystown Township
· Union- Springfield and Summit
· Warren — Belvidere, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Stewartsville, Washington and Washington Township
As part of the tree trimming process, 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. Trees that present a danger or are diseased may also be removed.
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.
JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. Customers living in areas along company right-of-ways are also notified prior to work being done.
JCP&L is a unit of FirstEnergy Corp. JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.