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America’s White Oak: Resilience in the Face of Change

While driving with my family recently, I noticed a work crew replacing a line of utility poles. At first glance, the poles seemed fine. They were still standing, still holding up their wires. So I wondered, why invest in these new poles, pay labor and engineering costs, and finance this difficult project now when nothing was obviously broken?

Turns out, it’s not wise to wait until utility poles break. In order to guarantee that we all have continual access to our cell phones, internet and electricity, we have to invest in better poles before they become damaged or start to deteriorate.

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