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This summer, rural areas in four southern West Virginia counties will have trees around power lines cleared from the air.  The "rights of way," as they are called will be maintained by dropping herbicides from helicopters.

Senior Utility Forester with Appalachian Power, John Ertz, said the Appalachian Power generally only does this kind of aerial maintenance in less populated areas, where terrain and accessibility make clearing the power line rights of way difficult for ground-based crews.  Ertz said that in populated areas and where the power lines are near parks, ponds and other sensitive areas, the rights of way are maintained using other means. The treatments are expected to begin on or around June 3.

Here is a look at the areas that will be treated in southern West Virginia:

FAYETTE COUNTY:

Carbondale - T 117 69 kV - A transmission line ion wood poles beginning at the CArbondale Station near Smithers and running southeast, passing near Brownsville and ending at the Gauley Mountain Station near Anstead.

Kanawha - Matt Funk 345 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning near the W.Va. Route 612 crossing at Mossy and running southeast, passing Plum Orchard Lake and Pax Branch and ending near the W.Va. Route 16 crossing in Bradley.

MCDOWELL COUNTY:

Coalwood - Jim Branch 88 kV - a transmission line on wood poles and metal towers beginning at the Coalwood Station near Coalwood, running southeast and ending at the Jim Branch Station near Jim Branch.

Dry Fork - Jim Branch 88 kV - a transmission line on wood poles and metal towers beginning at the Jim Branch Station near Coalwood, running southeast and ending at the Dry Fork Station near Bartley

Iaeger - Jim Branch 46 kV - a transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Jim Branch Station near Coalwood and running northwest, passing upper Crane Creek and Apple Grove and ending at the Iaeger Station near Iaeger.

Baileysville - Garden Creek 138 kV - a transmission line on wood poles beginning at the W.Va.-Va. state line near Paynesville and running northeast, passing near Beartown, Apple Grove, Sandy Huff and Pad Fork and ending at the Baileysville Station near Baileysville.

RALEIGH COUNTY:

Pemberton Tap 138 kV - a transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Tams Mountain Station near Tams Mountain and running east, passing near Stotesbury and Sophia and ending at the Pemberton Station near Pemberton.

Kanawha – Matt Funk 345 kV – a transmission line on metal towers beginning near the W.Va. Route 612 crossing near Mossy and running east, passing Plum Orchard Lake and Pax Branch and ending near the W.Va. Route 16 crossing in Bradley.

WYOMING COUNTY

Bolt Tap 138 kV – a transmission line on wood poles beginning at the top of Kopperston Mountain, running east and ending at the Bolt Station along the Bolt-Glen Rogers road.

Baileysville – Garden Creek 138 kV – a transmission line on wood poles beginning a the W.Va.-Va. State line near Paynesville and running northeast, passing near Beartown, Apple Grove, Sandy Huff and Pad Fork, and ending at the Baileysville Station near Baileysville.

Herbicides used by American Electric Power (AEP)  have been registered for use on rights of way by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.  According to a release from AEP, all areas that are to be treated are visually checked by pilots to ensure that people and/or domestic animals are not visible in the area to be maintained. Customers who have questions about aerial maintenance program can call for information at 1-800-642-3622 or write to AEP at the following addresses:

Bluefield District
2507 Washington Street
Bluefield, WV 24701

Charleston District
P.O. Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327