Date: 6/8/18 4:25 pm
From: Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

Our summer garden at our cottage was completely clear-cutearly this winter. Low-growthlilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples with a likely mature heightof 12’, and other very small trees were sliced off at the ground. My five bird feeders were removed andleft on our front steps. Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened the cottagefor the season.
I made anappointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the damage. He said that although the decorativetrees in question were considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakeshappen” and “our guys are only human”. He said I can try to file a claim through their website.
I wastold that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this, contractingwith Ironwood Heavy Highway. Having found that simple branch trimming was not effective, NYSEG nowwill simply completely remove any trees they deem a possible future problemunder any of their power lines.
Carol Schmitt
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From: Muhammad Arif <mnarif...>
To: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>; Karen L Edelstein <kle2...>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Cc: Bill Evans <wrevans...>; Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>; Candace Cornell <cec222...>
Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 11:33 am
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines




Marie, Thank you.

I also just sent them an email. If anyone else would like to send NYSEG a note, here is their “contact us by email” page:https://www.nyseg.com/WritetoNYSEG.html

They also have a Facebook page and it might be worthwhile for some of us to post messages there. I found this page:https://www.facebook.com/NYSEandG which says Binghamton but regardless, it ought to get their attention. (I’ve posted a message there as well).

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From: <bounce-122625976-77717969...> <bounce-122625976-77717969...> on behalf of Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:19:38 AM
To: Karen L Edelstein; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines


I just sent NYSEG the following email:

"I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush hogging under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to stress that this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are numerous birds nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts will be destroyed when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this time of year, this removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary. Please wait until autumn when the birds have finished nesting and are leaving the area for the winter. Thanks!"

Marie






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From: <bounce-122625773-5851667...> [<bounce-122625773-5851667...>] on behalf of Karen Edelstein [<kle2...>]
Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 9:28 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: Paul Paradine; Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging vegetation down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd. With the nesting season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the probable mortality of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly) dense growth.

While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere in the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay cutting at least until later in the summer.

Your thoughts?
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