AMC Boston Chapter Conservation Committee
"My Pet Peeves" - What Drives YOU Crazy?
Wind & Energy
Pet Peeve #1 - Pole City USA
What happens when a utility pole meets a tree? The pole wins! For cities which pride themselves on green space and roadside trees, to see so many wires hanging from so many poles is, well, astounding.
What is also astounding is how so many wires (electric power, telephone, cable television, etc.) are torquing these utility poles, causing them to bend sideways. Have you noticed how many of these poles have been replaced with taller poles? Have you noticed how many poles have steel lines to neighboring poles (and trees) keeping them roughly upright?
When should we start to put these lines underground? An expensive suggestion! However, when the next ice storm knocks them all down, we should be ready to start. Does that sound reasonable?
Below are just a few photos showing what happens when "tree meets pole," and overloaded poles in general. ALL of these photos were taken along Center St. in Newton from Newton Highlands to Newton Centre.
Is help on the way?
Requirements for becoming a Tree Line USA member utility focus on "Quality Tree Care," worker training, annual worker training by an arborist, and tree planting and public education.
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