Trees and Power Lines
The beautiful landscape of our communities serves as a tremendous source of pride for us at Ozarks Electric Cooperative. However, as part of our commitment to provide reliable power in a safe and effective manner, we must remove any natural growth that could pose a risk to electrical lines or public safety.
Tree Replacement Program
Our tree replacement program is intended to replace tall, fast-growing trees under power lines with a species that grows more slowly. We encourage the removal of these tall trees and offer replacement trees that can be planted away from the power lines, or underneath if they will not grow taller than 15 feet at maturity.
The topping of trees is discouraged by all major arboriculture organizations. Topping trees creates a point of entry for disease and creates a weak branch union that is prone to failure in wind, ice and snow.
How The Program Works
Each year our clearing crews work on maintenance trimming cycles in different substation areas. When they trim in your area, they will identify trees that are problematic and will determine if trimming or removal is more appropriate. If the property owner agrees to have a tree removed, he or she can receive up to 3 tree vouchers to be used as the member chooses from local participating nurseries. The names of the participating nurseries will be disclosed if and when you receive the vouchers.
Planting a New Tree
If you are planting a tree, either new or as part of our replacement program, on your property the following information will help you avoid conflicts with overhead utility lines, helping keep service reliable and our membership safe.
Be sure to take into consideration the type of tree and how it will affect that area when it is mature.
Make sure you understand where to plant your tree in relation to power lines. This helps keep everyone safe as well as reduce any future complications.