Possible tree trimming along Hwy. 58 raises concern in Pine Knoll Shores


PROPOSALS FOR TREE TRIMMING ALONG HIGHWAY 58 IN PINE KNOLL SHORES ARE RAISING CONCERNS AMONG RESIDENTS AND TOWN OFFICIALS. W-N-C-TS ELIZABETH TEW LOOKS INTO THE ISSUE… THE VEGETATION IS SO THICK HERE IN THIS MARITIME FOREST THAT YOU CAN’T EVEN SEE THE POWER POLE DIRECTLY BEHIND ME. THAT’S WHY THE CARTERET CRAVEN ELECTRICAL COOP WANTS TO TRIM SOME OF THE VEGETATION. BUT SOME PINE KNOLL SHORES RESIDENTS AREN’T HAPPY ABOUT THAT. THE TRIMMING WOULD OCCUR ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY 58. PINE KNOLL SHORES IS A TREE CITY…AND HAS A SPECIAL BOARD THAT OVERSEES THE PROTECTION OF ITS TREES. “A LOT MOVED HERE BECAUSE OF THE TREES AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE LIFESTYLE. SO WHEN YOU START CUTTING INTO THE TREES IT REALLY CHANGES THE ENVIRONMENT A LOT AND THE LIFESTYLE.” THE CARTERET CRAVEN ELECTRICAL COOP SAYS ITS NECESSARY TO TRIM THE TREES BECAUSE THEY’RE RUNNING UP OVER POWER LINES….CREATING A SAFETY HAZARD FOR WORKERS. “SAFETY FOR OUR CREWS. THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET IN AND WORK ON THE LINES AND THE EQUIPMENT SAFELY AND WHEN THERE IS VEGETATION AROUND THAT’S CLOSE OR INTO THE LINES WE’VE GOT TO GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY.” VEGETATION WOULD BE TRIMMED FIVE FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE POLES….AND 10 FEET CUT DOWN FROM THE LOWEST POWER LINE. MANY OF THESE TREES HAVE BEEN ON THE ISLAND FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. SO THE TOWN WANTS TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTION TO PROTECT THEM. “I THINK THE VEGETATION BECAUSE IT’S PART OF THE MARITIME FOREST IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO HAVE RELIABLE ELECTRICITY. AND PART OF WHAT THE COOP IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO IS TRIM IT. THE COOP SAYS IT UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING THESE TREES AND WILL TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO NOT OVERTRIM. THE COOP SAYS IT HOPES TO HAVE ALL TRIMMING DONE BY THIS SPRING. AT PINE KNOLL SHORES ELIZABETH TEW NINE ON YOUR SIDE.

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