An essential part of providing safe, reliable service at a reasonable cost is the establishment and maintenance of a clear power line corridor.
Our mission is built around providing reliable electric service to our members. An important part of making that possible is utilizing vegetation management to clear right of way.
Right of way (ROW) refers to a strip of land underneath or around power lines that electric utilities have the right and responsibility to keep clear. The work we do with vegetation management helps keep outages and blinks to a minimum, reduces the potential for the public to come in contact with electric lines, and helps line crews access the line for maintenance and outage restoration.
Scheduled Maintenance Cycles
We have found that performing routine tree and brush management work is the most effective for keeping power lines clear of hazards. Our service territory is divided up into sections and each section is on a multi-year maintenance cycle. Initial work includes tree removal, pruning, and clearing of brush.
In 2021, clearing is scheduled for the Lutsen area extending to County Road 7.
Typically, the second growing season after the clearing, we treat the re-sprouting brush in the corridors using selective herbicide treatments. We take the health of our environment and community seriously and the herbicide applications Arrowhead Cooperative uses during this phase are fully compliant with all Environmental Protection Agency regulations and will be applied by licensed professionals. It’s important to note that inhibiting the regrowth of the fast-growing woody vegetation is not only the most effective way to maintain the right-of-way for a longer period of time, but it is also intended to promote the establishment of low growing native species such as grasses, wildflowers, blueberries, and more. Our contract applicators, Lake States Tree Service, will also treat any invasive plant species found within the scope of the project, as promoted by many environmental organizations.
In 2021, selective herbicide treatment is scheduled for the Gunflint Trail area.
Please note: Prior to either initial clearing or herbicide spraying, you will be notified of work being done in your area.
Throughout the year, we perform routine line patrol to ensure the system is working as safely and efficiently as possible. During this line patrol, we often find areas in our service territory that have been affected by storms, dead or dying trees, and those that have grown faster than expected. Trees posing a high risk of affecting the near-by power lines will be marked to be moved at a later date.
Occasionally, members notice trees encroaching on their primary or secondary power lines on their property. If you have questions regarding assistance with tree pruning or removal, we encourage you to work with a professional. Learn more about tree trimming and how Arrowhead Electric can help.
Questions or Concerns
If you have questions or need more information on out Vegetation program, please contact us at (800) 864-3744.