In order to achieve this goal, SouthEastern needs to trim and cut trees along approximately 700-900 miles of power line per year. The maps that are displayed on page 16b and 16c of this issue show the areas where the Cooperative will be trimming trees, removing trees and applying necessary herbicides in 2017. If you would like additional information regarding your Cooperatives vegetation management activities for 2017, please contact the Cooperative.
As Cooperative members and owners, you can help us maximize the use of your money and improve your electric service by allowing us to achieve proper trim clearance on your trees and participating in other programs. Your Cooperative initiated a program several years ago known as “Swap a Tree”. The “Swap a Tree” program has been enhanced to allow members an additional option. If you allow the Cooperative to remove a lawn tree that is interfering with primary lines and which is being periodically trimmed by the Cooperative, you are eligible to receive one of the following two options:
- SouthEastern will cut the tree down, cut it up into firewood-length pieces, chip the small brush and plant a new tree of your choice such as oak, maple, tulip poplar, willow, pear and gum (additional species are also available) in a location that is at least 40 feet from the primary line.
- SouthEastern will cut the tree down, cut it up into firewood-length pieces, chip the small brush and allow members a $2.00 per inch in diameter cash credit for lawn tree stump removal and provide a $75 per lawn tree cash credit.
If you are interested in participating in this program which will increase the reliability of electric service to yourself and your neighbors while helping to preserve our environment, please call Jeff Crisp, Right-Of-Way, Fleet & Facilities Manager, at (800)-833-2611 ext. 165 and he will help you get started with these options.
See you next month and as always, "We'll keep the lights on for you."