Dominion Power Planting Trees on Tuesday Along W&OD Trail in Vienna
Dominion, which was criticized earlier this year by residents near the trail who complained the giant power company was cutting down too many mature trees, is trying to make amends Tues. Oct. 11 by planting over 100 trees.
From a Dominion news release:
The tree planting is from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Washington & Old Dominion Trail at Clark's Crossing, Vienna. (From Maple Avenue in Vienna, turn north on Beulah Road. Make a left on Clark's Crossing which ends at the trail.)
The volunteers are Dominion Virginia Power employees and those from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
They will be building information kiosks, planting 100 trees and removing invasive vines along a 2
mile stretch of the W&OD trail between Clark's Crossing in Vienna and Hunter Mill in Reston. The trees being planted conform to the standards of the maintenance agreement struck between Dominion Virginia Power and NVRPA earlier this year.
This daylong project is part of a 13-state effort by Dominion employees to
support the environment. Employees chose the W&OD trail project because
the area received much public attention when the company increased efforts
to protect transmission power lines from vegetation along the trail. Many
trees were removed from under the power lines because they were species
that grow very tall quickly and can come into contact with power lines,
causing power outages. The company advocated removing these trees and
replacing them with slow growing, smaller trees that do not threaten power
lines and do not require frequent trimming, thereby lengthening the life of
The Dominion Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, supports the
employees' volunteer effort by contributing $2,500 to purchase materials
and supplies while the company provides tools and equipment.
By Steve Fehr |
October 10, 2005; 5:13 PM ET
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