Newark, N.J., Nov. 3, 2005 — Keeping the Garden State green is not an easy job, but for this year’s recipients of the Green Community Achievement Awards, it’s a labor of love. The awards, given annually by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, highlight outstanding efforts in the field of urban and community forestry. This year’s winner in the business category was PSE&G. Never before has a utility company been recognized with this honor.
PSE&G employs a number of specially trained foresters who make volunteerism and education a priority. They have assisted volunteers in planting hundreds of trees in communities across the state over the past couple of years while helping them understand the importance of planting “the right tree in the right place”.
Rich Wolowicz, PSE&G’s system forester, oversees the utility’s forestry program. He works with community leaders, arborists, and residents to ensure that trees and power lines coexist peacefully. That means taking overhead power lines into consideration when deciding where and what to plant, and trimming trees, when necessary, in a way that is healthy and aesthetically pleasing.
PSE&G’s foresters work to ensure that when necessary, trees are trimmed in a way that is both acceptable to the community and good for the health of the tree. They are in constant contact with local Shade Tree Commissions and work with municipal foresters to address their concerns in advance of work the utility is planning. They also work with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the State Bureau of Forestry and other organizations throughout the state that are concerned with vegetation management.