A Chelan County PUD contractor will perform tree trimming and vegetation management along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee starting in early June. The general working area is along the along Cedar Brae Road. The contractor may be working on trees on private property.
PUD arborists are evaluating hazard trees that pose a high risk of falling into the power and fiber optic lines causing widespread outages. Hazard trees can have structural defects, heavy leans, infestation, root rot, and other defects. Trees that are marked with orange paint or ribbon will be cut down.
Arborists have also been inspecting trees that have grown close to the high voltage power lines, possibly on private property. These trees will be pruned a safe distance away from the overhead power lines. Trees that are growing directly under the high voltage power lines, in an easement, will likely be cut down. Generally, these are skinny, small diameter trees and are marked with orange paint.
The work is necessary to continue providing safe, reliable power. The work will also decrease the risk of fire damage or branches sparking a fire.
WHEN & WHAT TO EXPECT
· Work is scheduled to begin in early June
· Once work begins, it will last about three months
· Working hours are generally Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
· Flagger controlled traffic will be in place for the duration of the project
· Free wood chips may be available, if interested, please contact Bill Sanborn, 509-661-4508 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· Wood chips, not beauty bark, can be used as dust/weed control, foot paths, etc.
For more information on the PUD’s Tree Trimming program please visit: chelanpud.org/treetrimming
Send questions to email@example.com or call Bill Sanborn, Utility Vegetation Program manager, at (509) 661-4508