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Tree Trimming Work Scheduled - First Energy Project
An important part of providing reliable electric service for you and your neighbors is
clearance between electrical wires and trees.
Tree work is being scheduled now to help prevent outages and related problems.
This tree work will be done at NO EXPENSE TO YOU and will be completed by
professional tree contractors using proper arboricultural pruning practices.
The work will start after November 4th.
Please note: wood too large to be run through the chipper will be cut into manageable
lengths and left on the property.
For more information about tree work performed by First Energy, visit
Questions: Call Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How Trees are Pruned
Tree care professionals under contract to FirstEnergy use "directional" pruning techniques. These techniques were developed by the National Arborist Association and are published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Directional pruning is the accepted industry standard endorsed and promoted by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture.
Directional pruning removes entire branches and limbs back to the main trunk of the tree, where trees normally shed them. In this way, future tree growth is directed away from power lines and weakly attached re-growth is minimized. Directional pruning takes advantage of strong points in the tree's structure. Branches growing away from electric lines or facilities are usually left undisturbed. Directional pruning does not harm the tree's natural defense systems and other natural processes that protect the tree from decay and aggressive re-sprouting.
Before branches growing near electric lines are removed, pruning crews evaluate a tree's structure and growth patterns. Crews also consider the tree species, growth rates common to our service area, proximity to electric lines and the height and voltage of the lines.
Benefits of directionally pruned trees
Directionally pruned trees may look odd at first. In the long run, however, such trees are less susceptible to pest and decay problems and less likely to drop branches and cause damage during storms. In fact, compared to other methods such as topping, stubbing or pollarding, directional pruning is better for the protection of the tree's health.
Additional Information Regarding Vegetation Management is available HERE