Part 1

Previous owners of the property that now belongs to Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History authorized installation of aerial power lines that were destined to cause difficulties. The above-ground wires ran along two property boundaries and zig-zagged cross the dam that creates Hilton Pond (red lines on map at right). Although the power line right-of-way crossed the Center's property, it did not provide electrical service to the Center.

When the property was purchased in 1982, these aerial lines presented no problems; the 11-acre tract was almost completely open, having been in row crops or under graze for decades. The power poles were used to support bluebird nestboxes that looked over old fields about two years into succession, and the only tree growth in the power line right-of-way consisted almost exclusively of small seedlings of Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) less than a foot tall.

© Hilton Pond Center

© Hilton Pond Center

In 1982 (left photo), aerial power lines at Hilton Pond Center were visible against a backdrop of pines on the north edge of the property. Just 19 years later in 2000, the same view showed that woody vegetation dominated the tract and trees in the right-of-way were tall enough to touch live wires.

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