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Right-of-Way Clearing (Tree Trimming)

DMEA works with Asplundh Tree Expert Company to trim trees in our rights-of-way. This helps maintain a reliable and safety system.

No trees should be planted in a DMEA right-of-way. Newly planted trees within the easement area will be removed, per our policy, to minimize future outages and reduce costs. Please think ahead before planting or landscaping on DMEA rights-of-way, whether overhead or underground.

Generally, trees along main power lines will be trimmed so they are at least a minimum of 10 feet from any DMEA power lines. Trees around low voltage service drops (electric service to residents) are trimmed to a 1 foot radius.

Trees along main transmission lines may be trimmed back 25 feet or more from all conductors. Dead, diseased, or decayed trees that could fall onto high voltage lines may be removed upon inspection of the right-of-way.

DMEA contract crews use natural directional pruning to promote healthy trees, but trees planted within the right-of-way may not look aesthetically pleasing after trimming. Branches growing toward power lines are trimmed to encourage the remaining branches to grow away from lines. However, some trees located under power lines must be topped or removed entirely to maintain a safe clearance.

Your help keeping our rights-of-way clear through appropriate tree planting and trimming is a very important contribution to our efforts to keep your lights on and control all of our costs.

For additional resources on tree trimming and planting, please visit the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website,

Questions about right-of-way clearing or report a hazardous tree:



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