Part 4

After completion of Davey Tree's clearing of the underground right-of-way at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, two trenching crews from Pike Electric arrived to bury the cable. The crews, led by father-and-son foremen Nelson and Bobby Cope, were also alerted by Duke Energy that the installation required special care to avoid undue damage to habitats and vegetation.

Although a mechanical trencher, complete with blade and backhoe, is a sizable machine, the Copes were able to "thread the needle" through the narrow right-of-way. After using a trencher to roll out 1,000 feet of underground cable, they retraced the path to dig a continuous four-foot-deep trench--all without de-barking a single tree along the route that for some stretches was hemmed in by vegetation on both sides.

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Pike Electric workers trail behind the mechanical trencher to carefully unroll nearly 1,000 feet of underground cable at Hilton Pond Center.

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Head-on view (left) of one of Pike Electric's mechanical trenchers and the resulting ditch (right) at Hilton Pond Center. Diligent care by the operators allowed the job to be completed without de-barking a single tree.
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