When We Trim

Trimming cycles are highly dependent on tree growth rate and the type of electric facilities in the area.

Scheduled Vegetation Control - Line Clearing and brush control performed on a cycle or periodic basis.

The Members shall do the following

  1. Allow YVEA employees or its representative access to the overhead power lines for vegetation control.
  2. Allow for vegetation control to meet NESC requirements and right-of-way widths specified in the easements.

The Cooperative shall do the following

  1. Identify sections of primary lines needing vegetation control, which are not in compliance with the National Electrical Safety Code.
  2. Budget funding for identified work.
  3. Contact Property Owners of line sections to be cleared.
  4. Perform the work identified for scheduled vegetation control.
    • Follow accepted clearing and brushing methods identified in the current ANSI Standards.
    • Provide traffic control, as needed.
    • Trim vegetation or cut brush within the right-of-way.
    • Dispose of the cuttings by spreading the material, chipping the cuttings, or stacking it for burning later.
    • For large areas, YVEA utilizes the use of EPA-approved herbicides for the control of brush.
      • Inform the property owners of its use.
      • Meet all Environmental Protective Agency testing requirements.
      • Follow the label directions by the Product manufacturer.

When we schedule trimming in your area that includes trees on your property, a Company Representative will contact you personally, in person, on the phone, or by leaving a door hanger before trimming and removing trees and limbs too close to our power lines.

  • You do not incur any charges for required tree trimming work.
  • Crews only perform work needed to maintain reliable electric service.

Requests for Vegetation Removal by Members

  1. The Cooperative will provide members with assistance by dropping service wires for purposes of removing vegetation where appropriate, at no cost to the member during normal hours of operation.
    • The Cooperative shall lower service lines and reattach the service once the vegetation is removed.
  2. The Member shall
    • Contact YVEA for assistance with vegetation removal.
    • Schedule the service drop or any secondary service to be dropped at least 5 working days ahead of time during normal hours of operation.
    • Arrange for the removal of all non-threatening vegetation to YVEA facilities.
    • Clean up the debris from the vegetation removal.
  3. The Cooperative will assist members when possible with situations involving primary conductors for vegetation removal.
    1. The Cooperative shall:
      • Evaluate the situation for hazards to YVEA facilities.
      • Strive to maintain service to existing members.
      • Look for alternatives to lowering any primary lines.
      • Arrange for the YVEA line clearing contractor to remove any vegetation hazardous to YVEA facilities.