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Vote by mail is now open. The last day to request a ballot is March 19. Members can now request a vote by mail ballot to participate in this year’s board of trustees election... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees has declared a $12 million Capital Credits refund for members who received service from 1989 through 2017. Capital Credits reflect... Continue Reading ›

Co-op members gathered at three trustee district meetings in late January 2019 to select candidates for the co-op’s board of trustees in Districts 1, 8 and 9. Incumbents Carl... Continue Reading ›

As the path of Hurricane Michael becomes more certain, Clay Electric is anticipating most of the damage to be in the Lake City and Gainesville district service areas. Clay... Continue Reading ›

The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1, and while forecasting agencies have predicted an above-average level of hurricane activity this year, it only takes one storm to cause... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative continues to monitor the storms in the western Caribbean as they are becoming better defined and will likely become a subtropical or tropical depression... Continue Reading ›

What is Clay Electric's method of tree pruning?

Clay Electric’s vegetation management pruning methods, both initial and re-pruning, is performed in accordance with the latest recognized and approved principles of modern arboriculture and tree surgery where possible. Lateral or natural tree pruning methods are used according to ANSI A-300 standards. This is the voluntary standard for all tree work in the United States. The National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture endorse lateral tree pruning as one of the best methods of line clearance tree pruning for the health of the trees. Although a tree's appearance may be considered unusual after the initial pruning, it quickly improves with time and growing seasons. Branches or limbs should be cut flush with supporting trunk or limb so that the fewest stubs are left whenever possible. The flush cut method is used as defined by Dr. Alex Shigo, U.S. Forest Research Scientist. Branches or limbs are flush to the branch bark line and not necessarily flush with the trunk of the tree. Clay Electric’s Vegetation Management does not recognize topping trees as an acceptable method of tree pruning.

Lateral and side tree pruning are the most acceptable methods for utilities in line clearance vegetation maintenance. Lateral pruning is a technique whereby branches are removed at a parent branch or at a lateral branch large enough to assume the terminal role. Branches growing into the utility line space are removed and those branches growing away from or parallel to the conductors remain. Wherever possible, the trees are allowed to achieve their normal mature height with crown development away from the conductors.