Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) forestry contractors will trim trees in 10 Monmouth County municipalities in September as part of its $34 million vegetation management program for 2017.

The work, to be conducted in a total of 50 communities in New Jersey, is done to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment, which protects against tree-related outages. 

Year-to-date, more than 2,500 circuit miles of tree trimming have been completed, with an additional 1,100 miles expected to be completed by year-end.

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JCP&L’s tree trimming program is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company’s direction. In Monmouth County, the work will take place in Hazlet, Holmdel, Manalapan, Matawan, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Tinton Falls, Union Beach and West Long Branch

As part of the notification process, JCP&L works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way are notified prior to work being performed. To further decrease tree-related outages, JCP&L’s foresters also are working to educate residents who live near company equipment about the importance of properly maintaining the trees on their own property.