James Island, SC (WCBD) – South Carolina Gas & Electric has announced a plan to perform 70 miles of tree trimming throughout in the City of Charleston, James Island, and Johns Island. Some homeowners in the Riverland Terrace neighborhood of James Island say that the job is being done more aggressively than in years past. They have concerns for the safety of the beautiful trees in their historic neighborhood.
Riverland Terrace in James Island it is said to be the oldest subdivision off the Peninsula. Homeowner Jim Morrisette says the trees add to the enjoyment of living in the neighborhood.
“These trees are well over a hundred years old and they are an extremely important part of the character of the neighborhood, the beauty of the neighborhood, and just how we enjoy living here”
A few years ago, Riverland Terrace posted signs around the neighborhood asking SCE&G not to destroy the trees & the signs are still up today. The live oaks are even marked with a yellow ribbon. They say that those signs were in response to SCE&G wanting to drastically trim the trees in order to upgrade power lines. The neighborhood won the battle and now they hope that their voice will be heard yet again regarding the routine trimming that is supposed to happen in a few weeks. A trimming that they say has gotten too aggressive.
Homeowner, Jim Morrisette says “There is evidence that the trimming that has recently taken place in Byrnes Down has been overly aggressive, and they’ve gone outside the boundaries of what should have been cut within the 5-year growth cycle.”
South Carolina Gas & Electric says that the 70-mile tree pruning project is part of a 5-year cycle of routine maintenance to prevent overgrown vegetation from obstructing power lines and causing outages. They say that while they respect the natural beauty of the landscape in the community that their top priority is safety and reliability, so they work proactively to prune trees before they pose a risk.