They were doing this in my neighborhood in Cortland as well. The trees that 
they trim look absolutely horrible, and many of them die off in a few years. 
These people are hacks, pure and simple. My father used to prune our trees (he 
was a great gardener) and he always took great care to still make the trees and 
bushes look nice when he was finished. Not these people, they just hack 
through. Looks more like branches were twisted off or ripped in some places 
when they get done. It’s sad that they are so careless and (worse) so 
desensitized to people’s feelings about things on their property (some 
sentimental) that have been there for years. I understand that they need to 
protect their investments as well, but the people that come to do it are 
sometimes not very nice. I once said something about checking for baby birds or 
other animals, and they were pretty much like….”oh well”……”hazards of the 
job”……..so rude.  Not happy.   :-(

—Terry

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> On Jun 8, 2018 , at 11:10 PM, Karen Edelstein <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> Wow. I'm so sorry that happened to you. What a shoddy way of doing business. 
> It's not like they can replace the time it took to put that garden into 
> place. ..
> 
> On Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 7:24 PM Carol Schmitt <cfschm...@aol.com 
> <mailto:cfschm...@aol.com>> wrote:
> Our summer garden at our cottage was completely clear-cut early this winter.  
> Low-growth lilacs, honeysuckle, witch hazel, Japanese maples with a likely 
> mature height of 12’, and other very small trees were sliced off at the 
> ground.  My five bird feeders were removed and left on our front steps.  
> Mean-spirited and heart-breaking to discover when we opened the cottage for 
> the season.
>   I made an appointment for the Auburn NYSEG forester to come look at the 
> damage.  He said that although the decorative trees in question were 
> considered ‘low-growth compatible’ and not a problem, “mistakes happen” and 
> “our guys are only human”.  He said I can try to file a claim through their 
> website.
>    I was told that they now have a 5-year program to continue doing this, 
> contracting with Ironwood Heavy Highway.  Having found that simple branch 
> trimming was not effective, NYSEG now will simply completely remove any trees 
> they deem a possible future problem under any of their power lines.
> Carol Schmitt
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Muhammad Arif <mna...@live.com <mailto:mna...@live.com>>
> To: Marie P. Read <m...@cornell.edu <mailto:m...@cornell.edu>>; Karen L 
> Edelstein <k...@cornell.edu <mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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> Cc: Bill Evans <wrev...@clarityconnect.com 
> <mailto:wrev...@clarityconnect.com>>; Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu 
> <mailto:d...@cornell.edu>>; Candace Cornell <cec...@gmail.com 
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> Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 11:33 am
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
> 
> Marie, Thank you.
>  
> I also just sent them an email. If anyone else would like to send NYSEG a 
> note, here is their “contact us by email” page: 
> https://www.nyseg.com/WritetoNYSEG.html 
> <https://www.nyseg.com/WritetoNYSEG.html>
>  
> They also have a Facebook page and it might be worthwhile for some of us to 
> post messages there. I found this page: https://www.facebook.com/NYSEandG 
> <https://www.facebook.com/NYSEandG> which says Binghamton but regardless, it 
> ought to get their attention. (I’ve posted a message there as well).
>  
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> From: bounce-122625976-77717...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:77717...@list.cornell.edu> 
> <bounce-122625976-77717...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:77717...@list.cornell.edu>> on behalf of Marie P. Read 
> <m...@cornell.edu <mailto:m...@cornell.edu>>
> Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:19:38 AM
> To: Karen L Edelstein; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Cc: Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
>  
> I just sent NYSEG the following email:
> 
> "I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush hogging 
> under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to stress that 
> this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are numerous birds 
> nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts will be destroyed 
> when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this time of year, this 
> removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary. Please wait until autumn 
> when the birds have finished nesting and are leaving the area for the winter. 
> Thanks!"
> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
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> <mailto:5851...@list.cornell.edu> [bounce-122625773-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> <mailto:5851...@list.cornell.edu>] on behalf of Karen Edelstein 
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> Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 9:28 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Cc: Paul Paradine; Bill Evans; Donna Lee Scott; Candace Cornell
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines
> 
> I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging 
> vegetation down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd. With 
> the nesting season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the 
> probable mortality of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly) 
> dense growth.
> 
> While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere in 
> the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay cutting 
> at least until later in the summer.
> 
> Your thoughts?
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