Storm friendly trees? JCP&L plants one at Morris Township school

If there is one subject Jersey Central Power & Light should know inside and out, it’s trees.

Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy were crash courses in arbor culture, quite literally. Some 65,000 trees had to be cut and cleared by JCP&L after Sandy roared through the Garden State.

And so, for Arbor Day, JCP&L made sure to plant a utility-friendly variety at the Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township.

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Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) officials joined students and staff at the Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township to celebrate Arbor Day by planting a cherry tree. From left: Mark Jones, JCP&L v. p.; Mike Shadle, JCP&L forester; Jeanne Lennon, JCP&L environmental scientist; Leonard Posey, president, Morris School District Board of Education; Amy Bozza, supervisor of instruction; Ed Cohen, supervisor of science; and Frelinghuysen Middle School Principal David Thompson. Photo courtesy of JCP&L

 

Ornamental cherry trees, as it turns out, “reach a maximum height of approximately 25 feet and are considered safe to plant in many locations where taller trees could interfere with power lines,” according to JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano.

The utility teamed with Frelinghuysen and schools and Wayne and Bayville to support the mission of the Arbor Day Foundation, “which is to plant, nurture and celebrate trees,” according to JCP&L President Jim Fakut.

JCP&L, a subsidiary of First Energy, serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.



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