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Vegetation Management

The mission of Vegetation Management is to provide safe, reliable electric to the Cooperative’s members using proven vegetation management activities such as tree trimming, tree removal, mowing, and herbicide application to clear non-compatible vegetation from within and around the varying utility resources maintained by the Cooperative.  

Following sound vegetation management techniques that meet all local, state, and federal regulations while enriching the natural resources of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Vegetation Management represents the largest portion of the Right-of-Way budget. This provides maintenance activities for all nine counties in a three year maintenance cycle.  

Since May of 2003, all tree trimming and mowing operations have been performed by Asplundh Tree Experts of Willow Grove, PA. They provide a mix of resources to assist the Cooperative in its effort to maintain vegetation and minimize its impacts.

Choptank Electric Cooperative is also participating in Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Plan as a part of its Vegetation Management Program.  This protection plan offers two different cost effective, eco-friendly meadow management strategies that could promote and provide better habitats for pollinators and wildlife in Maryland.  Partnering with Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Partners, the State Highway Administration, and the University of Maryland, the hope is to plant a diverse array of flowers to attract pollinators which include bees, butterflies, flower flies, and hummingbirds.  

 

2016 Vegetation Management Schedule 

District

Substations

Communities

Chestertown

Kennedyville
IB Corners
Barclay

Chestertown
Worton
Kennedyville

Denton

East New Market
Tanyard

Harmony
Bethlehem
Preston
Hurlock
​East New Market

St. Michaels

Royal Oak
Bloomfield

Royal Oak
Easton
Newcomb
Tunis Mills

Cambridge


Aireys
 

Linkwood
Elliot Island
Cambridge

Salisbury

Princess Anne
Walston-Switch
Kingston

Princess Anne
Rehoboth
Crisfield
Weston
Salisbury
Pittsville

Berlin

Costen
Ocean Pines
Sineapuxent

Pocomoke City
Ocean Pines
West Ocean City
Assateague

While this schedule is a general overview of the vegetation management schedule for 2016, all members are contacted directly, using an automated messaging system, when crews are in the area.  

We want to encourage tree-planting for all of our members, so when you are deciding what kind of trees to plant, think of where you will be planting, how tall that tree will grow, and if it will interfere with any nearby power lines.  Check out this easy to read graphic which explains what kind of trees are perfect for certain areas in your yard. This graphic is provided by the Arbor Day Foundation.  

If you have any questions regarding our Vegetation Management Program, please fill out the form below.  

 

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