Stop Utility Abuse of Property Rights in Wisconsin

Stop Utility Abuse of Property Rights in Wisconsin

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David Hendrickson started this petition to Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Stronger protections are needed for the thousands of miles of electrical power line [transmission] right-of-ways to reclaim owners rights,and to promote environmental well-being and habitat for plants, animals and healthy local economies.

 

Our own property was mowed to the ground without prior notice in 2008. We lost all of our blackberries, raspberries, elderberries and dozens of small pine trees we had been shaping into Christmas trees. The wildlife also suffered.


Three years later we were hit again. This time they cut 56 trees outside the right-of-way. Elderberries were cut along with more than 100 seedling pines that we had planned to move to an animal shelter as a windbreak. The damage would have been worse except the forester we hired held them back. Our neighbors lost four times the trees we did outside the right-of-way.


By signing this petition, you will be asking the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to adopt and enforce guidelines, many of which are federally recommended. See Vegetation Management Plan for details.


Currently, state policy allows transmission line builders and utilities to grab wider and wider swaths of land, reducing easements to wastelands of monoculture and invasive species. This is fragmenting forests, degrading wetlands and farmland where communities are struggling to maintain property values. Utilities are allowed to ignore well established, more cost effective management practices and employ massive grading, mowing and spraying processes with aftermath policy that make any woody vegetation, even raspberries, illegal.


Good management does not consider all woody vegetation dangerous. It recognizes that a  properly managed, diverse plant community of small trees and shrubs can not only protect the electric facility and reduce long-term maintenance, but also enhance wildlife habitat, forest ecology and aesthetic values.  


It is an insult to all of our neighbors and communities who sacrifice their land for the  “public good,” when the only recourse to responsible management are horribly expensive, personal lawsuits that are rarely successful.  Wisconsin, we can do better.


Respectfully submitted;

Lila M. Zastrow, Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture, & Dave Hendrickson

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