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JCP&L Ash Tree Removal in Chatham Borough
Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) has begun removing Ash trees in Chatham Borough that have been identified as being or having the potential of being a high hazard to their power lines. These Ash trees, that are within eleven feet of power lines or that could jeopardize power if an Ash tree limb or tree were to fall on their wires, are being evaluated individually and removed if they are deemed a hazard because of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) has begun removing Ash trees in Chatham Borough that have been identified as being or having the potential of being a high hazard to their power lines. These Ash trees, that are within eleven feet of power lines or that could jeopardize power if an Ash tree limb or tree were to fall on their wires, are being evaluated individually and removed if they are deemed a hazard because of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). 

As residents may be aware, Chatham Borough and the Shade Tree Commission (STC) took a proactive stance over 4 years ago in protecting as many Ash trees as possible to prevent against EAB. At that time our arborist recommended which Ash trees should be treated. 

Recently, Representatives from the Borough met with representatives from JCP&L to review all the trees on JCP&L’s tree removal list. The arborist from JCP&L agreed that the Ash trees that had been treated by the Borough could remain.

In the past few weeks, EAB has been confirmed in the Borough, in some trees in the manor section. Prior to this time EAB has only been identified in surrounding towns. 

None of the Borough trees proactively treated for EAB have been cut down or removed in this recent project. Ash trees that have been removed over the past few weeks have been evaluated by two separate arborists, including our Borough arborist.  While many of these trees may have healthy appearing trunks, the initial damage appears as thinning in the upper canopy of the tree and branches.  It is at the recommendation of both arborists that these trees are removed at this time, as they are considered hazard trees. 

Locations of these removals in the Borough will receive priority in the Borough's annual fall tree planting. The locations have been sent to our arborist to recommend appropriate species in each location. 

At this same time JCP&L is conducting their four-year trimming around the Borough which is a continuous process that occurs every four years.

If you have questions and would like to contact the Shade Tree Commission directly please email the Shade Tree Commission at shadetree@chathamborough.org

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