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PG&E Power Line Clearing in Summit Valley — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the explanation as to why the trees were felled. However, I think it looks awful. We now can see the ugly power station in clear view. I can’t image that PGE needs this much room to maintain these power lines, I think it is overkill. Unsettling too that they can just come in and do this on private property without consent or at least discussing the details. Now, we have a big pile of tree trunks to discard. Since they are the property of the Truckee Donner Land Trust why don’t they try selling them? I am sure a firewood company might want them. Or, why not offer them up to residents for free. Some might have the means to cut and split them for their firewood. It seems like a plan should be determined before they just remain there and rot.

  2. Karen – Your comment sounds particularly familiar to me. Ah yes now I remember. My wife Linda said almost exactly the same thing to me just a few days ago. I have to agree that the substation is pretty ugly. I agree that it is somewhat disturbing that PG&E seems to have ultimate power (no pun intended) when it comes to their utility right away for their power lines. Unfortunately, those power lines are an important link in the national power grid and apparently have very high priority. My understanding is that PG&E was mandated by the Federal government to do this trimming. With respect to the felled trees, unfortunately they are almost entirely Lodgepole Pine which is really considered a “weed” tree. The only thing they are good for is firewood or chipping. One solution would be for the Land Trust to incorporate the removal of the tree with their planned forestry project around Serene Lakes. I guess it would also be possible to make some of it available to local firewood vendors.

  3. Thank you for the update. We were up last weekend and it was a bit of a shock. As always we are grateful for your continuous attention to the welfare of our beloved Serene Lakes and surrounding splendor.

  4. This is truly, truly disheartening. I cannot fathom why PG&E would need this type of clearance, as this does not seem typical for this area. PG&E should be ashamed for this unsightly and unenvironmental clear cutting. The community should protest this.

  5. Like the others, thanks for the clarification. I was a bit taken back when I first saw that area and the clear cutting but I did see the positive side of a better view.

  6. I can understand the requirement to clear the trees, especially those surrounding a power substation. Should a wildfire come through that area the substation would have certainly been destroyed and power to Serene Lakes cut. The outage would have lasted several days, perhaps a week or more. The contents of hundreds of refrigerators would have spoiled. At that point everyone would be demanding to know why Sierra Pacific didn’t clear the area around the substation.

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