PG&E Continues Vegetation Management Work in Lake County for Public Safety – The Bloom

0

Lake County Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews help ensure customers have safe and reliable electrical service by trimming and removing trees that could impact overhead power lines. This final phase of work will focus on wildfire prevention in areas most at risk from fires and will be carried out along approximately 94 miles of overhead power lines through the end of the year.

Guests in the Cobb and Cobb Mountain, Clearlake Oaks, Glenview, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Loch Lomond and Morgan Valley areas can see crews and contractors inspecting power lines, marking trees, preparing for necessary tree maintenance or pruning trees. Prior to performing tree work, PG&E will share plans with customers and communities through phone calls, postcards, door knocks and door hangers.

“The speed at which we are witnessing the death of trees is unprecedented. Whether it’s growing and working in North Bay, I know how important trees are to these communities, whether in a forest or urban area,” said Ron Richardson, Regional Vice President for PG&E North Coast region. “We feel the same. Our team of trained professionals carefully assess trees that may pose a risk and work closely with clients as we keep our communities safe by reducing the risk of wildfires.

PG&E is committed to partnering with customers and communities and sharing information about this important safety work early and often. PG&E will also work one-on-one with all customers as needed to review any security work needed on their property.

For example, Gloria Novak, a Nevada City resident and president of the Lake Vera Round Mountain Firewise Community, admitted that she “didn’t quite understand why they needed to chop down a few more oak trees.”

PG&E Vegetation Program Manager Joanne Drummond set up a meeting with Novak and reviewed the health of each of the trees identified for work on his property, including an oak tree that was rotting inside. “At that time, I knew that [the tree] could fall at any time,” said Novak who shared his experience with his community. “Fire season is upon us, and the work PG&E is doing is making it safer by reducing the chance of trees falling on their power lines.”

All tree work is conducted in coordination with trained arborists, biologists and cultural resource specialists to limit environmental impacts and comply with regulations. PG&E also performs follow-up quality inspections to ensure that all necessary safety work has been completed.

PG&E Improved vegetation management (EVM) exceeds state standards for minimum clearances and assesses the condition of all trees and branches high enough to strike power lines. As of June 2022, PG&E has completed over 7,000 miles of EVM work. PG&E plans to continue these efforts in 2022 by completing at least 1,800 miles of EVM work.

Work is only part of the business 2022 Wildfire Mitigation Planwhich also includes efforts for the underground power line and the reinforcement of the electrical system against the risk of forest fire.

If customers have questions about work on their property, PG&E encourages them to call (800) 564-5080 or email [email protected] and visit www.pge.com/evm.

A member of the community

We always welcome community feedback. If you have a press release, event or idea you’d like to share with The Bloom readers, send us a note.

Share.

Comments are closed.