Jersey Central Power & Light continues to conduct vegetation management work in communities across its 13-county service area. The work is being done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and help protect against tree-related storm damage. Since January, JCP&L-certified tree experts have trimmed more than 1,300 circuit miles in northern and central New Jersey.
In April, JCP&L vegetation management work took place in the following counties and municipalities.
- Essex County – Livingston
- Hunterdon County – Alexandria, Flemington, Frenchtown, Kingwood, Lambertville, Raritan, and West Amwell.
- Middlesex County – Jamesburg, Old Bridge, Monroe, Spotswood, and Sayreville
- Monmouth County – Asbury Park, Belmar, Brielle, Englishtown, Manasquan, Matawan, Ocean, Neptune, Rumson, Sea Girt, Tinton Falls, Wall and West Long Branch.
- Morris County – Boonton, Chatham, Chester, Dover, Florham Park, Kinnelon, Jefferson, Lincoln Park, Mendham, Mine Hill, Montville, Morristown, Randolph, Riverdale, and Roxbury
- Ocean County – Berkeley, Brick, Barnegat, Island Heights, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Ocean Gate and Toms River
- Passaic County – Wanaque and Wayne
- Somerset County – Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Branchburg, and Peapack-Gladstone
- Sussex County – Andover, Blairstown, Franklin, Hardyston, Lafayette, Newton, Ogdensburg and Sparta.
- Warren County – Blairstown
All vegetation management work is conducted by JCP&L's certified forestry contractors, including: Aspen Tree Service, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, DTE, Jaflo Inc., Lewis Tree Service Inc., Nelson Tree Service Inc., and Treesmiths Inc.
To help maintain safe and reliable electric service, JCP&L regularly trims or removes trees and conducts vegetation management work along its electric distribution lines on a four year cycle. 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 a safe distance from 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 of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to work being done.