Date: 6/9/18 6:15 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
NYSEG let us know last year they were going to "trim" roadside trees in our
neighborhood, and would talk to us when they came. They subcontract this
work, and the workers didn't talk to us, and the essentially pillaged the
entire length of South Danby Rd. I contacted them and insisted that they
return and buck up the long pieces into usable firewood sized length. They
did, but only very close to the house. The rest of the road looks like a
twister went through. A very pretty road when we moved here is now quite
ugly, IMO.

On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Alicia <tess...> wrote:

> We pretty much live in the woods but have planted a lot of bird-attracting
> perennials in the opening around our house, which also hosts NYSEG lines.
> Years ago NYSEG left a card on our door saying that they would be 'tree
> trimming' soon and to contact them if we wanted to be notified of the date
> so we could be present. I did that - I think I spoke with someone who
> identified himself as the NYSEG forester? - and he said they would be in
> touch before they came. He also reminded me that within the utility right
> of way that they own, they have a right to remove anything growing there
> that they deem a potential danger to the lines. They actually have not
> cleared the lines here since they left that card, but we hope they would
> follow through and contact us as promised. It has been a lot more than 5
> yrs since then ...
>
> Alicia
>
>
> On 6/8/2018 7:24 PM, Carol Schmitt wrote:
>
> Our summer garden at our cottage was completely *clear-cut* early this
> winter. Low-growth lilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples
> with a likely mature height of 12’, and other very small trees were sliced
> off at the ground. My five bird feeders were removed and left on our
> front steps. Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened
> the cottage for the season.
> I made an appointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the
> damage. He said that although the decorative trees in question were
> considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakes happen” and
> “our guys are only human”. He said I can try to file a claim through
> their website.
> I was told that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this,
> contracting with Ironwood Heavy Highway. Having found that simple branch
> trimming was not effective, NYSEG now will simply completely remove any
> trees they deem a possible future problem under any of their power lines.
> Carol Schmitt
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Muhammad Arif <mnarif...> <mnarif...>
> To: Marie P. Read <mpr5...> <mpr5...>; Karen L
> Edelstein <kle2...> <kle2...>; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> <CAYUGABIRDS-L...> <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> Cc: Bill Evans <wrevans...> <wrevans...>;
> Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> <dls9...>; Candace Cornell
> <cec222...> <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).
>
> --
> muhammad arif
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> https://mainetomiami.wordpress.com
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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@
> list.cornell.edu] 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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