Stop Destruction of Trees in North Carolina

Target: Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins

Goal: To stop the cutting of trees along transmission lines in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Duke Energy began a tree trimming project on March 25, 2013 in a region near the Greensboro Arboretum. Unfortunately this attempted trimming has been conducted in an utterly careless fashion that has destroyed or permanently harmed vast numbers of trees in the region.  The original purpose for this, as declared by Duke Energy, was to aid in maintaining high transmission power lines throughout the area. The company has currently gone so far as to state that a federal mandate requires them to do so.

What is omitted from that statement would be that nowhere is it considered necessary to destroy great swaths of local foliage in the process. Duke Energy is only obligated to keep the high transmission power lines in good working order; they are in no way required to destroy whole neighborhoods with overzealous trimming that leaves an array of dying trees and downed foliage. There are plenty of methods that would still leave those affected trees in a relatively healthy and stable condition.

If Duke Energy is allowed to continue to conduct its ‘maintenance’ in this manner it will cause irreparable damage to the health and beauty of the surrounding community. Instead, Duke Energy must utilize all available means to safely conduct its tree trimming operations. This involves not only taking greater care, but also consulting with arborists who can train and supervise cutting crews so that damage may be minimized. Stop Duke Energy’s harmful and environmentally destructive practices now before more of Greensboro can be destroyed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Perkins,

The tree trimming project that has been conducted by Duke Energy since March 25, 2013 in a region near the Greensboro Arboretum bears attention. Since that date the company’s attempts at trimming have been conducted in an utterly careless fashion, destroying or permanently damaging vast numbers of trees in the region. The purpose for this trimming, as declared by Duke Energy, was to aid in maintaining high transmission power lines through the area. The company has currently gone so far in their attempts to justify their actions as to state that they are federally mandated to do so.

What the company carefully omits from that statement is that they are not at all mandated to destroy local foliage in the process of conducting the job at hand. Duke Energy is only obligated to keep the high transmission power lines in the area within good working order. This in no way requires them to destroy entire neighborhoods with overzealous trimming that leaves an array of dying trees and downed foliage. There are a vast array of methods to use that would still leave those affected trees in a relatively healthy and stable condition.

Were Duke Energy allowed to continue to conduct itself and its maintenance in this manner it would result in irreparable damage to the health and beauty of the surrounding community. Instead Duke Energy should be required to utilize all available means to safely conduct its tree trimming maintenance. This involves not only taking greater care in their own actions, but also consulting with arborists who can train and supervise cutting crews so as to minimize damage. Stop Duke Energy’s harmful and environmentally destructive practices now before more of Greensboro is destroyed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. J Davidson says:

    Plant life gives us oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. This destruction is unconscionable.

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