PSE&G Tree Pruning - Have any complaints?

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pseg_logo,jpeg.gifHave you seen the Nelson Tree Service trucks in town?  PSE&G has begun their process of clearing tree limbs in contact with power lines. 

 According to the Environmental Commission:

  

We have  received numerous complaints from residents regarding the very poor quality of the work performed by the contractor hired by Public Service (Nelson Tree of Ohio NOT of NJ). We've added a link from our webpage for residents to complain to the Board of Public Utilities, which regulates Public Service, if they see excessive or unnecessary damage to the trees.

 

PSE&G has requested a permit from NJDEP for tree trimming and vegetation management in the wetlands. The Borough Environmental Commission has written a letter to NJDEP regarding the permit, expressing concerns for protection of the borough's canopy.  

 

If you have any complaints, this is a good time to express them.

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Very funny..that gave me a real chuckle..You can sue whoever you wish but the only entity that will get anything out of it is the attorney that takes the case. Talk about deep pockets bringing suit against a governmental entiety or a utility company can take years and years and lots of money. I suggest you just hope the foilage comes back.

I blame the Tree Commission for their lack of oversight and response. Can we sue the members of the commission as they have not fulfilled their duties to protect and represent the taxpayers?

Durham Ave now looks horrible, and over by the town pool.

Yeah, Nelson sucks.

If you are interested with trees then you must consult with the experts in growing trees and ask them what would be the best trees to grow by your house.

If you want a post to be anonymous, don't type in your name!

I am deeply concerned about Public Service Electric & Gas (PSEG) proposal to ‘trim’ trees at the Dismal Swamp as well as the trees now being cut throughout Metuchen. There WAS a gorgeous town-owned pin oak in front of my property which is well over 40 years old. Several months ago I received a notice from Nelson Tree Service that they would be around to remove any branches from this pin oak that were ‘near’ the power line. I Immediately called Nelson’s supervisor explaining that I did not want this beautiful tree cut the way they’ve butchered other trees throughout Metuchen – without regard for a tree’s beauty or health. They also do not employ a licensed arborist.

The supervisor told me ‘not to worry” – but when I told him I was very worried, he promised to come over to look at the tree. He arrived a couple of days later, inspected the tree, and said there wasn't much to take off. He promised that I 'wouldn't even know the crew had been here.' In the meantime, his crew had butchered many trees in the neighborhood and I noticed my neighbor's tree, trimmed earlier, looked terrible after being ‘trimmed’ by this crew.

I awakened at dawn the next morning to find Nelson's bucket truck in front of my house. I ran out, in the rain, and told the ground person that I did not want them to wreck the tree as they had next door and elsewhere. He yelled up to the guy in the bucket and they took off far more than was necessary.

I then sent an e-mail complaint to Metuchen's H Environmental Commission stating my dissatisfaction with Nelson’s work. This complaint was apparently widely distributed, as members of the town’s Shade Tree Commission knew about my complaint when I arrived at their meeting.. A copy of my e-mail was probably forwarded to Public Service or Nelson Tree Service. . . because a short time later, my husband spotted a Nelson Tree Service truck in front of our house around 8 am. He immediately ran outside and asked why they were back. The man on the sidewalk said, "The forester wasn't happy and wanted more taken off."

The man up in the bucket ignored my husband's concerrn and letting him know that nothing was touching or even NEAR to the power line, but this inexperienced unlicensed cutter continued cutting --- this time cutting some thick limbs that were NOWHERE near the power line. Not only did he cut most of the branches on one side of the tree, but he also took off branches way down the tree on one side only - leaving the tree mostly one-sided (in a position that could possibly fall onto our house or car in a storm), and left it unbalanced and nothing that even resembles a pin oak now.

They refused to stop the work or call the supervisor and proceeded to cut more and more. My husband pointed out to the worker on the ground that now the tree not only looks ugly, but can be dangerous. His reply was, "That's not our problem." My husband wrote down the name of the workers - who admitted that not only aren't they arborists, but haven't any training in the proper way to trim the trees!

The men didn't stop at any other houses along Woodside Avenue that morning after they had damaged the pin oak in front of our house. We believe that they showed up for the second time -- although the tree's branches were nowhere near the power line -- to get even with me for complaining about their horrible, inexperienced tree cutting through town, and my asking the Env. Comm. and the Shade Tree Commission to look into this horrible practice.

The town’s Council President was at the Shade Tree Commission meeting in which I reported Nelson’s butchering not only the tree in front of my house, but also trees throughout Metuchen. He agreed something has to be done to stop this sloppy, unnecessary hacking.

I believe ordinances from three towns were researched as to their regulations regarding tree trimming, and it was found
That the towns had strict rules forcing the tree cutting company to first notify the town before they begin cutting and exactly which trees they are allowed to cut.

PSG&E has now decided to go into Metuchen's Dismal Swamp to do 'extensive' cutting.
Regarding PSG&E wanting to ‘trim’ trees in the Dismal Swamp – which I assume would mean contracting with hiring Nelson Tree Service again --I believe that without the town’s attorney, the Environmental Commission and the Shade Tree Commission examining their proposal closely – plus without having a licensed N.J. arborist to oversee the operation, this proposed tree cutting would most certainly result in potential harm.

For example, before Nelson/PSG&E is allowed to cut even one branch, an environmental assessment must be required. One was made approximately 15 years ago (the town should have a copy), and the assessment showed that this is the upland swamp habitat of the endangered bog turtle AND the spotted salamander.

Furthermore, tree cutting cannot be allowed any time they please --for cutting during certain times of the year will absolutely disturb nesting wood ducks. Trees with nests must first be identified and NOT disturbed – for trees within the Dismal Swamp is also the domain of nesting birds. Timing is crucial.

And, simply moving their heavy equipment into portions of the swamp, not only will destroy trees, but the habitat of endangered species.


Or email them to the site and they can post them.

maybe put them on flickr or some other site then post the website address here so we can all see them

How can we upload pictures here? I have one that shows what our poor trees are going through...!! CAn the Shade tree commission do something? By the time we are done talking the trees we no longer be the same.
Can we stop the cutting until the town reviews what is happening and who is responsible and how we can remedy this?

We recommend that you photograph the trees as soon as you receive a notice that the "trimming" is going to occur. Then take the same photographs afterwards. The before and after comparison may be useful as we move forward with attempts to get them to trim in a more civilized manner.

expect more cuttings after last nights power outage, lots of big heavy trees laying on the lines.

Even the BPU rules in NJ go above and beyond what is required at the federal level. Federal rules allow for up to fifteen feet of growth under high tension wires, while NJ has reduced that to three feet - a bit absurd. NJ also has stricter guidelines in the "buffer zone," meaning the area adjacent to the high tension wires. I forget the exact rules but google BPU vegetaion management guidelines and you'll find the rules. Then there's different guidelines that govern the regular distribution wires in front of people's houses. PSE&G guidelines call for removing four year's worth of growth becasue they only come around to each area every four years.

People need to write to the BPU and demand that they amend the NJ rules to be more realistic.

They leave half-trees all over the place -- OR they leave HOLLOW trees that look like their are from a Dr. Suess book!

That's exactly what they did on Oak Ave today, heavily cutting one side, leaving trees lopsided.

Is there any way we can find out where they plan on cutting before they actually begin? I'd like to know if they're coming to my street (Beechwood Avenue) ahead of time and I imagine others would like to know as well.

Four years ago, PSE&G chopped all the large branches off of ONE SIDE of a large tree IN our backyard (the branches apparently hung over their right of way). During a storm a few months later, the tree fell on our garage---the weight was no longer evenly distributed, but all leaning onto one side. Wish we'd had the money to take the tree out after they butchered it, but we did not and suffered as a result.

Nelson worked on our street today and just hacked everything up. Can they really be ordered away?

Not necessarily.

I'm glad that i don't have any trees trimmed by PSE&G -- it seems that they really do butcher them. It takes away from the quaint tree-lined streets that I remember.

If they would put the utilities underground they would have to dig up the trees, as the ditch would be in the same place the trees are.

I would imagine doing that would be a whole lot worse for the trees than what they do now.

not questioning the need, just questioning the way it was carried out--poorly and extensively beyond needed.

If the utilities were underground we wouldn't have to worry about falling trees taking out the power, just about them falling on our houses and cars. I realize the upfront cost would be high, but it seems the smart thing to do for long term safety and environmental issues.

If the utilities were underground we wouldn't have to worry about falling trees taking out the power, just about them falling on our houses and cars. I realize the upfront cost would be high, but it seems the smart thing to do for long term safety and environmental issues.

Nelson'd

if you want to read more about what nelson did to the properties at mulberry lane...

all info on nj.com metuchen forum, posts # 3947, 3888

Nelson came to our block in february and destroyed far too many trees unnecessarily.

i say destroyed because through the public utilites board, we found and purhcased the 'manual' they are supposed to use as guidelines to do such trimming and found that most of the work done by our houses was unnecessary.

we took it to the council, and councilman Manley has been most helpful in working with us in attemping to achieve satisfaction.

If Nelson comes back to our property, they MPD will be called and charges of trespassing will be filed.

I second that.

No complaints here. PSE&G is just doing what it needs to do to keep the lights on an air conditioners running.

PSE&G and Nelson please trim away!

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