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Morristown, N.J. – 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:
• Hunterdon County –Town of Clinton, Delaware Township, Franklin Township, Borough of Frenchtown, Borough of Hampton, Kingwood Township, City of Lambertville, Readington Township and Borough of Stockton
• Essex County – Township of Livingston, Township of Millburn
• Middlesex County – Old Bridge Township and Borough of Sayreville
• Monmouth County – Hazlet Township, Holmdel Township, Manalapan Township, Matawan Borough, Middletown Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Tinton Falls Borough, Union Beach Borough and Borough of West Long Branch
• Morris County – Town of Dover, Township of East Hanover, Township of Hanover, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Borough of Lincoln Park, Long Hill Township, Mine Hill Township, Montville Township, Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, Pequannock Township, Borough of Riverdale, Rockaway Township, and Borough of Wharton
• Ocean County – Brick Township, Lakewood Township, Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, and Toms River Township
• Passaic County – Borough of Pompton Lakes and Wanaque Borough
• Somerset County – Warren Township
• Sussex County – Walpack Township
• Union County – City of Summit and Springfield Township
• Warren County – Township of Blairstown, Township of Hardwick and Knowlton 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.
JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). 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. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL, or online at www.jcp-l.com
Editor’s Note: Photos of JCP&L vegetation management work being done are available for download on Flickr.