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Help keep islanders and PSE crews safe | Letters | June 4

When you see large tree-trimming trucks and equipment on Bainbridge Island, think safety – and electric reliability.

Puget Sound Energy and the Asplundh Tree Expert Company crews are now completing our 2010 tree-trimming cycle. The Asplundh trucks (some of which are bright orange) are clearing dangerous or weak trees and tree limbs from 83 miles of distribution lines, boosting reliability to island homes and businesses by enabling the electric system to better withstand storms and severe weather.

The work of the PSE and Asplundh crews is only part of what’s needed to keep the lights on and keep everyone safe. We need your help to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Please give our tree trimmers access to your property and stay clear of them while they are working. Working in and around power lines – whether it is our line crews or our vegetation management crews – is hazardous. Safety is our No. 1 priority. Our crews are specially trained and qualified to safely work around power lines. If you see our crews working in your neighborhood, please stay clear of the work zone, designated by orange cones.

Trees are the most common cause of power outages, especially during those windy days on Bainbridge. PSE’s routine tree-trimming program is critical to reducing power outages. We are committed to being good stewards of the area’s trees and vegetation. Our crews work with certified arborists to determine what needs to be trimmed and what trees might be in danger of falling into power lines.

PSE is recognized as a Tree Line USA utility by the national Arbor Day Foundation and the state Department of Natural Resources. We’ve met the Arbor Day Foundation’s requirements for this recognition for the 10th consecutive year, and PSE takes great pride in our efforts to protect and enhance urban forests while ensuring reliable energy service.

We trim to ensure safe, healthy trees that cause less damage to our power lines and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We also trim according to species and follow best management practices for utility pruning of trees based on the American National Standard for Tree Care Operations.

PSE is dedicated to improving electric system reliability on Bainbridge Island. Tree trimming is a critical part of this effort. If you have questions about our tree trimming work, please contact us at VegetationManagement@pse.com. To learn more about PSE’s infrastructure projects or energy efficiency programs on the island, visit PSE.com/Bainbridge.

Linda Streissguth,

PSE community relations

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