Part 3

Because of area-wide power outages cause by ice-laden trees, clearing for the underground right-of-way at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History was postponed from 24 January until 14 February, when Michael Hough of Davey Tree returned with his helpers. Under Hough's watchful direction, the crew did an outstanding job clearing a meandering six-foot-wide path that would allow access by mechanical trenchers that would come in to bury the underground power cable.

The chainsaw crew removed as few trees as possible, cut logs to firewood length, created posts from cedar trees, and carefully stacked limbs and branches into several well-placed brushpiles useful to wildlife. Davey crewman Dennis Perry went the extra mile in helping clear some of the walking trails and by helping clean up aerial right-of-way trees that were damaged or cut during the January snowstorm.

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Facing north at about the halfway point of the 1,000-foot right-of-way for underground power installation at Hilton Pond Center. Although ground-level vegetation was removed, the canopy formed by adjoining trees is still in place--a situation that would not have been possible with aerial power lines. (Note the cable that has already been rolled out along the length of the right-of-way.)
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