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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.  

 

2018 Vegetation Management Schedule 

District

Substations

Communities

Chestertown

Clough

Earlville

Millington
Massey
Sudlersville
 Barclay
Cecilton
Crystal Beach

Denton

Longwood
Talbot
West Denton
Oil City
Hillsboro

Easton
Trappe
Skipton
Cordova
Denton
Queen Anne
Hillsboro
Ridgley
Greensboro

St. Michaels

Grace
Royal Oak

St. Michaels
Claiborne
Royal Oak

Cambridge


Aireys
 

Elliot Island
Church Creek
Cambridge
Linkwood
Vienna

Salisbury

New Hope
Kingston – On Road
Mardela Springs
Westover

Powelville
Pittsville
Westover
Crisfield
Fairmont
Rehoboth
Mardela
Quantico
Princess Anne

Berlin

Sinapuxent
Iron Shire

Berlin
West Ocean City
Newark
Snow Hill

While this schedule is a general overview of the vegetation management schedule for 2018, 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 are interested in our tree partners, please visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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

 

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