Trees are the #1 cause of power outages.
Trees can add tremendous value to our homes and communities. Besides being a source of beauty in our landscapes they provide food and shelter for wildlife, cooling for our homes, cleansing of our air and a multitude of other benefits. However, trees growing near power lines present some real challenges. Each year, Arrowhead Cooperative crews do a visual inspection of our power lines to identify areas where tree clearing, or trimming may be needed.
Why some trees need to be removed.
Fast-growing, tall trees (such as poplars, elms, willows and silver maples) located near or directly under primary wires can cause repeated outages. These trees have to be removed for safety and reliability purposes.
How much clearance is needed?
Trimming seeks to obtain a minimum of three to six years of clearance. How much clearance is needed depends on the voltage of the wires. With high voltage wires, recommended clearance from the tree to power lines is ten feet on all sides. For secondary and service wires, which are lower voltage, the recommended clearance from the tree to power lines is four feet. Learn more about Arrowhead Cooperative’s Vegetation Management Program.
How can you help?
Know what and where you’re planting. When making landscaping decisions, it’s important to consider the climate, type of care, appearance, location, and overall size (mature height) of trees and shrubs before planting – especially when planting near power lines. Learn more about planting the right tree in the right place
Report a Problem
Do you have a concern about trees near overhead power lines near your property? Report your concern by calling our office at (800) 864-3744.