Vegetation Management

Tree Management

Information on proper tree placement and trimming concerns

Tree management infographic from the Arbor Day Foundation

Plant the right tree in the right place. Plant taller trees away from overhead utility lines.

  • Taller trees such as maple, oak, spruce, and pine should be planted at least 50 feet away.
  • Medium trees growing 40 feet in height or less, like Washington hawthorn and golden rain-tree, may go in the 20 to 50 feet away range.
  • Small trees such as redbud, dogwood, and crabapple should be the only ones planted in the tree pruning zone nearest power lines as they grow to 25 feet in height or less.

 

CPWS is dedicated to safety and to operating a safe, reliable, and efficient power, water, and broadband utility. To support this CPWS has established the following Vegetation Management guidelines:

Non-Manicured Areas: CPWS will maintain the following minimum clearances between vegetation and power lines:

  • Twenty (20) feet of clearance on each side of distribution lines and from ground to sky from primary voltage lines.
  • Ten (10) feet clearance around open secondary lines.

Manicured Areas: CPWS will maintain the following minimum clearances between vegetation and power lines:

  • Ten (10) feet clearance, in every direction around primary voltage lines with the exception of conductor to the sky.
  • Any tree or tree limb in that “zone” will be subject to removal, although CPWS vegetation contractors will take into consideration the tree species, hardiness, and speed of growth.
  • To maintain optimal line accessibility, no woody-stemmed plants may be planted within twenty (20) feet of utility poles or pad-mounted equipment. While CPWS will make every effort to avoid trees and shrubs, landscaping within twenty (20) feet of the CPWS facilities may be damaged during typical maintenance and will not be replaced by CPWS.