Having already trimmed more than 2,500 circuit miles across the state, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) vegetation management contractors are continuing their work in an additional 45 municipalities this month. 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.”

In August, JCP&L vegetation management work is taking place in the following counties and municipalities:

  • Essex County – Livingston Township and Millburn Township
  • Hunterdon County – Clinton Township, Flemington and Union Township
  • Middlesex County– East Brunswick Township and Old Bridge Township
  • Monmouth County – Aberdeen Township, Atlantic Highlands,Englishtown, Highlands, Manalapan Township, Marlboro Township andMatawan
  • Morris County – Chatham, Chester Township, Dover, East HanoverTownship, Hanover Township, Jefferson Township, Long Hill Township,Parsippany and Rockaway Township
  • Ocean County – Beachwood, Berkeley Township, Brick Township,Island Heights, Jackson Township, Lakewood Township, Ocean Gate,Pine Beach, Point Pleasant and Toms River
  • Passaic County – West Milford
  • Somerset County – Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Far Hills, andPeapack-Gladstone
  • Sussex County – Franklin, Hamburg and Hardyston Township
  • Union County – Springfield and Summit
  • Warren County – Franklin Township

All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L’s certified forestry contractors, including: Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Lewis TreeService Inc. and Nelson Tree Service Inc.

To help maintain safe and reliable electric service, JCP&L regularly trims or removes trees and conducts vegetation management work along its electric distributionlines on a four year cycle. The company’s certified forestry experts inspect vegetationnear 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 ofvegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along companyrights-of-way also are notified prior to work being done.