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Tree Trimming

Help us keep electric service reliability high and costs to members low by putting power line friendly trees to use on your property. Call us today to ask about our tree removal service to remove trees growing in or near power lines. Members who have qualifying trees removed are eligible for a $50 voucher towards a power-line friendly tree. Call us at 541-688-8711 and ask to speak with our right of way department.  They can assess your situation and determine if the trees really are a hazard to BLEC's power lines or poles. 

Tree Planting Guide

If you're getting ready to plant trees, bushes or shrubs, please look around to see where overhead power lines may hinder their growth in the future. Use the power line friendly trees list below to choose trees that grow no higher than 25 feet and seldom need pruning for power line clearance. Remember that a 2 foot tall fir seedling will grow over 100 feet tall and 30-50 feet wide. The cost to maintain a tree like this for the duration of its life can be over $30,000. After you've looked up, look down for underground service as well. Planting over underground utilities or planting cover to hide underground utilities makes an outage last longer and is unsafe for workers. To get your underground utilities located free of charge, just call 811.



Amur Maple Japanese Maple
Beech, weeping purple Japanese Snowball 
Blue Spruce Lilac 
Camellia Noble Fir
Canada Red Chokecherry  Photinia 
Cherry, flowering  Plum, Big Ci's
Cherry, Mt. Fuji Redbud 
Columnar Spruce  Rhododendron 
Crabapple, Red Jewel Royal Galaxy Magnolia 
Dogwood  Serviceberry Tree
Dwarf Fruit Trees Smoke Tree, purple 
Galaxy Magnolia  Snowball Bush 
Globe Maple  Stewartia 
Golden Desert Ash  Vine Maple
Goldenchain Tree  Weeping Hornbeam 
Halesia  Weeping Spruce 
Hinoki Cypress    

Tree Planting GuideGraphic depiction of Tree Planting Guide as stated in text above

 

  • No trees should be planted within 25 feet of power lines.
     
  • Small trees, that mature less than 25 feet tall,
    should be planted at least 25 feet from power lines.

     
  • Medium trees, that mature less than 40 feet tall,
    should be planted at least 40 feet from power lines.

     
  • Large trees, that mature larger than 40 feet tall,
    should be planted at least 60 feet from power lines.

 

photo of utility worker removing a fallen tree from a power line

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