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PEPCO To Begin Tree Pruning Survey on West Side of Village

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Beginning on Wednesday, January 27 and lasting the next few weeks, PEPCO representatives will be surveying trees on private property and in public rights-of-way to determine where tree pruning operations will be necessary.  This tree pruning continues efforts began five years ago in response to mandates from the Maryland Public Service Commission to all Maryland utilities regarding vegetation management and system upgrades. 

When PEPCO conducts pruning on privately-owned trees they are required to notify the resident of their intentions. When PEPCO is planning to remove trees they are required to receive signed authorization from the respective residents. If you are contacted by PEPCO because they wish to conduct tree pruning and/or removal operations on your property you have the right to request additional information on the requested pruning and/or removal. As a homeowner you also have the right to refuse PEPCO crews access to your property. However, you should be aware that not maintain trees on your property can result in a loss of power to you and your neighbors in the event of a storm.

PEPCO’s scope of work for these improvements will include tree trimming along the following streets and in rear yards where high voltage power lines exist:
  • Cedar Parkway
  • West Irving Street (between Cedar and Magnolia Parkways)
  • Hesketh Street (between Cedar and Magnolia Parkways)
  • Grafton Street (between Chevy Chase Circle and Cedar Pkwy.)
  • Oliver Street
  • Grove Street
  • Center Street
  • Montgomery Street
  • Park Street
  • Belmont Avenue
  • Kirkside Drive
Following their review of the above areas, Village staff along with the Village’s contracted consulting arborist, Tolbert Feather, Ph.D, will meet with PEPCO representatives to review the proposed tree pruning plans. While past pruning efforts from PEPCO have resulted in concerns about the resulting aesthetic of the Village’s tree canopy, through our meetings with PEPCO we have been able to focus pruning operations to a strategic and minimalist—rather than blanket—approach which has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Feather. Throughout this cycle of tree pruning, both Village staff and Dr. Feather will continue to oversee the tree pruning operations.

Once approved, tree limbs will be pruned to a minimum distance of 4-years of tree growth, based on the species of the particular tree being pruned and its expected growth rate.  Trees may be pruned between two feet (2’) and five feet (5’) from the power lines. PEPCO plans to trim both private and public trees in the above listed areas. If PEPCO is going to conduct tree pruning on private property a door hanger from PEPCO will be left on your door outlining the extent of the pruning scheduled along with a business card for a PEPCO representative.

PEPCO has begun their survey work and should begin pruning operations before the spring. Should you have any questions regarding PEPCO’s tree pruning, please do not hesitate to contact the Village office at (301) 654-7300 or via e-mail at ccv@montgomerycountymd.gov.