There are many ways that Poudre Valley REA provides you with safe, reliable electric service. One of the most common – and crucial – ways is referred to as right-of-way clearing, or tree trimming.
A right-of-way refers to a strip of land underneath or around power lines that your electric cooperative has the right and responsibility to maintain and clear. Trees must grow at a distance far enough from conductors where they will not cause harm to individuals or disruption to electrical service.
PVREA has a dedicated tree trimming crew who manages right-of-way clearances. They trim back branches and brush using chainsaws, bucket trucks, tree climbers, brush chippers and mowers. Control methods can also be used as a way to support the growth of low growing plant species that will outcompete the tall trees growing beneath power lines.
Tree trimming also keeps your family safe by ensuring that tree branches do not become energized due to close contact with a power line. Power lines can carry up to 25,000 volts, and an energized tree branch is incredibly dangerous – even deadly. Be mindful when around trees close to power lines, and make sure your children know that climbing trees near power lines is extremely dangerous.
Tree trimming is also critical to providing members with affordable electricity. Staying ahead of the game keeps us from having to come out after a storm to restore power due to fallen trees. Remember to contact Poudre Valley REA if you decide to trim or remove trees near any power service or line, and call us if you see tree trimming that needs to be done near your home. And never trim a tree in the right-of-way zone on your own.