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I have agreed to speak to the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Vegetation Management group in several sessions. They are interested in more tree-healthy alternatives than the method currently used by contactors for mechanical trimming” and also in the use of “herbicide trimming”. Any information or contacts on these topics would be appreciated.
I don’t know if this is southeast wide, but was told that Homeland Security Rules have increased fines for outages and blockages creating pressure to more severely thin along power lines and roads. The constraints are tough, but we are working on ways to minimize the damage.
Urban Forestry Coordinator
Alabama Forestry Commission