Early in the spring I had told you about our local electric company, West Oregon Electric (WOE). They had come out to help us with a dead white fir tree that was near their electric lines and needed to be removed. This old white fir was about 120 years old and had been on the decline for the last decade. It was time to remove the dangerous tree before it ended up wiping out the power to the whole rural neighborhood and quite possibly the town 10 miles up the road.
WOE crew used their cherry picker to top the tree twice. The first cut removed the very top fifty feet of the tall tree and dropped it right by the base, likewise with the second fifty foot section. The fifty foot base was left standing since it was no longer a threat to the power lines and we would need some time to clean up the tree that was on the ground before falling the last portion.
We consider our local power crew as family. It’s not just the wave and a honk as they drive past the farm. They are courteous and helpful, and work long grueling hours during horrible weather, to keep us in power. I witnessed first hand, the safety first attitude put into practice with each task. And the grateful giggles from the crew when a pan of brownies was rewarded to them as they were moving onto their next project. Continue reading