Our electrical system covers more than 2,600 miles, much of it through wooded areas. Unfortunately, trees and power lines just aren’t a good mix. In fact, trees growing in or around our power lines are the number one cause of blinks and outages on our system.
Trees too close to power lines can also be deadly to you and your children. Tipmont’s Right-of-Way, or tree trimming, program trims, controls and, if necessary, removes trees and other vegetation around 10 to 15 feet on either side of the centerline of electric lines.
What we trim
We trim away branches growing through or around our lines. We also remove branches growing above lines, where snow or ice could cause branches to sag or fall onto live lines. It is also sometimes necessary to target entire trees. These include trees that are weak, diseased, drying or severely damaged. It may also include trees that would have to be trimmed so much that they would not survive or would be very unsightly. Typically, if more than ¼ of the crown or the main stem of a tree is removed, its overall health is severely affected.
Tipmont REMC pays for the tree trimming done in your neighborhood. When we trim or remove a tree, we clean up the area and haul away the brush. Logs too large to be mulched and hauled away (usually six inches in diameter and larger) are cut into smaller lengths and left on site for the property owner's disposal. When storms knock trees into our lines, we do not clean up or remove debris left behind.
How We Trim Trees
Tipmont REMC hires professional tree-trimming contractors that specialize in this type of work. All of these tree trimmers are trained in and practice ANSI 300 standards for trimming trees (guidelines for preserving each tree’s health and longevity). Currently, Tipmont contracts with local tree trimming crews.
The following codes are used to mark trees:
- Blue dot = tree to be trimmed
- Blue X = tree to be removed; wood left for member's disposal
- Blue line = brush (to be removed)
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What is Right-of-way?
A right-of-way is a type of easement or agreement with property owners that grants Tipmont the right to manage a piece of property; in this case for the purpose of maintaining power lines.
If you have questions about trees or other vegetation on your property that are close to power lines, please call us at (800) 726-3953.