Mike Griffith is a forester with AEP Ohio. Most days, he is in the field ensuring crews are working safely and maintaining the balance of the natural beauty of your neighborhood with the need to keep your power flowing.
We spoke with Mike to learn more about forestry, his love for the great outdoors and what it’s like working to keep the power on — one tree at a time.
Q: How long have you been with AEP Ohio?
A: I was hired in April 2001, so 19 years. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.
Q: Why did you decide to become a forester?
A: I’ve always loved being outside — hiking, backpacking, canoeing and kayaking. After I graduated from The Ohio State University with my Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry, I started looking for jobs that would allow me to work outside. That’s when I came across a “help wanted” ad in the newspaper for a position with AEP Ohio. Since I met the skill requirements for knowledge of trees and good communications skills, I applied.
Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
A: I love helping with storm restoration. After a storm, our team coordinates removing trees off the power lines and getting power back on for customers as quickly as we can. Customers are always so happy to see us and very appreciative of our work.
Q: What is one thing you want customers to know about foresters?
A: Foresters really love trees! And we are motivated by our love of trees. We want to keep our customers safe and keep the power on.
Q: Why do you consider the work of foresters to be important?
A: With trees being one of the leading causes of outages, managing vegetation is essential. Our society has never been more dependent on electricity, especially now with needing the internet as we work from home, not to mention power for our food storage and entertainment. We want to ensure our customers’ daily lives are not interrupted and that the power is up and running.
Mike and our forestry team are committed to working safely and meeting the needs of customers — each and every day.
Have a question about trees? We’re here to help. Contact our forestry team directly at (614) 883-6987 or visit AEPOhio.com/Trees.