North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (NGEMC) celebrated Arbor Day by working with local schools and the City of Fort Oglethorpe to plant trees in parks and campuses while sharing information about powerline safety and tree placement.
In Catoosa County three elm trees were planted near the playground of Gilbert-Stephenson Park in Fort Oglethorpe. This area was hit hard by the Easter Sunday storms in 2020, and these plantings added to an effort already underway by the city to replace trees that were lost inside the park.
In Gordon County, red bud trees were planted at both Red Bud Middle School and Sonoraville Elementary School. In Walker County, two pear trees were planted at Saddle Ridge Elementary and Middle School’s orchard while a couple of red bud trees were planted at Gordon County schools. Arborists and crews also shared information about their work with power lines and surrounding vegetation.
One concept the students learned about included “right-tree, right-place.” Trees should not be planted within 20 feet of power lines, and trees with a mature height and spread under 25 feet should be at least 25 feet from power lines. Likewise, trees between 25 and 40 feet should be a minimum of 40 feet from lines while larger trees should be planted a minimum of 60 feet away from power lines.
“Trees and vegetation are important for our ecosystem and overall wellness. By planting the right tree in the right place, we can promote health and safety for our neighborhoods and wildlife by ensuring that trees do not come in contact with high-voltage electric lines.” said Alex Pimentel, an NGEMC Vegetation Management Crew Leader. “This also helps ensure our communities have reliable electricity.”
Visit www.ngemc.com/VegManagement to learn more about the best place to plant trees on National Arbor Day.
NGEMC is a member-owned electric cooperative serving over 102,000 metering points throughout northwest Georgia.