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Call Butch Webb at 660-6928 to discuss dangerous trees.

If you are concerned about trimming trees around your service conductors, Butch can arrange for one of our service trucks to safely roll back your service conductors. There is no charge for the service during regular business hours.

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We offer two drawings to assist customers in planting trees and shrubs:

Urban/Residential ROW Clearance Guide – CORED Standard 650

Why We Trim Trees

Trees in Oak Ridge pose an ever present threat to the Electric System. For that reason, the Department maintains an active tree trimming program. There are several points that we are often asked about.

1. Method of Trimming: The Department uses only “lateral” or “natural” tree trimming methods. In this method, limbs are removed at their nearest main branch, and not trimmed in length. The Department will not “top” a tree unless it is absolutely necessary. The Department will not “round” trees.

Lateral tree trimming has been endorsed by experts, including the Arbor Day Foundation, as the best method to trim trees for the health of the tree. Although the appearance of the tree can be unusual after the initial trim, the appearance quickly improves with time and growing seasons.

2. Clearance Distances: The Department trims all trees to a minimum of nine feet from the primary (top) conductors. Trees that overhang the system are trimmed as high as the worker can reach with the equipment on site.

3. Tree Removal: If a tree is obviously diseased, dying or dead and is on public property, the Department will remove the tree. At the abutting landowner’s request, we will replace the tree with an ornamental tree from a selection available. If the tree is on private property, City ordinance requires that the property owner remove the tree.

4. Trimming Trees on Private Property: There are two conditions where the Department will trim a tree that is located on private property.

First, if the tree violates the nine-foot clearance, the Department will trim it to that clearance. It is not possible to notify property owners of this action.

Second, if a property owner has a tree that is dangerously close to power lines, the Department will aid in the removal and/or trimming of that tree. This is done for safety reasons. Persons in this situation should contact the Department for specific guidance.

5. Limbs on Service Drops: The Department does not maintain clearance of limbs on the service drop. The property owner is responsible for these trees. If the owner requests, the Department will remove a service drop to allow an owner to trim or remove a tree adjacent to it. This service is provided during business hours only for no charge. Please contact the Department for further information.

Find out more about the Arbor Day Foundation Trees make a world of difference.

 

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