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Tree-Trimming by Helicopter Begins Monday

JCP&L using air attack to rid area of wayward branches, tree limbs.

Tree-Trimming by Helicopter Begins Monday Tree-Trimming by Helicopter Begins Monday

First it was by land, now it's by air. All that's left for JCP&L is to attempt cutting trees from the water.

Starting Monday, the area's electricity provider will be conducting tree-trimming by way of helicopter, with a series of chainsaws dangling from the air-bound machines.

"I've seen the photos of it," said Washington Township Mayor Ken Short. "It's a pretty incredible sight."

The cutting program will occur along the high-voltage lines in the township, starting near the Newburgh Road area, according to the township. Trimming will be limited to their established right on either side.

The cutting will conclude in the Bartley Road area on or around April 1.

When not in operation, the helicopter will refuel and be maintenanced at St. Mark's Church on Spring Lane.

If cutting comes close to the area of residences, Short said, police patrol will be on the scene to help with traffic and safety measures.

According to the township's website, "Township leadership is fully aware of the activity, and there is no need for any resident concern."

What do you think of the tree-trimming program by way of helicopter? Does it worry you? Do you care how it's done?

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