Our electrical system covers more than 1,800 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 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. Clark County REMC'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 center-line of electric lines.
Clark County REMC contracts with local 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).
We trim away branches growing through or around the 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, dying 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 1/4 of the crown or the main stem of a tree is removed, its overall health is severely affected.
Clark County 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.
Tree Trimming Frequently Asked Questions
If a Clark County REMC employee deems removal of a tree is necessary for safety purposes, there is no cost to the homeowner.
Yes, except in the instance where a tree has sustained damage from a storm and has come into contact with a power line.
The best time to plant trees is in the spring or the fall.
Trees and power lines often coexist without problems. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions when planting a tree.
- Before you dig, call 811, the underground utility locator service to mark the location of underground utilities so accidental contact, damage and injuries can be avoided.
- Choose trees that will grow no higher than 25 feet when planting near power lines. Plant larger trees more than 40-60 feet away from power lines.
- Do not plant near underground utility services. Tree roots can grow and interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. Future repairs to these facilities also could damage the health and beauty of nearby plants and trees.
- Pick the right spot. Don't plant trees, shrubs, plants or other vegetation where they can damage electrical equipment or interfere with your electric co-op's ability to access it.
- Ask Clark County REMC to come trim your tree if it begins growing near power lines; don't risk your safety doing it yourself.
Please call a Member Service Representative at (812) 246-3316 during normal business hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Our right-of-way supervisor will evaluate what services you need.
A clear right-of-way improves power quality, reliability and safety. We all enjoy trees, but when they interfere with power lines, reliability and safety are compromised. That's why it's important to remove trees, branches and brush from the right-of-way.