1. Routine Right of Way clearing activities will be performed to accomplish
    a 4-year clearing cycle to maximize productivity, maximize benefits
    from Right of Way funding, and minimize power interruptions.
  2. During routine Right of Way maintenance, all trees within the Right
    of Way will be removed wherever possible. Right of Way width for single-phase
    lines is 30 feet and 40 feet for three-phase lines.
  3. Fifteen feet of clearance between trees and energized conductors
    will be maintained. In special situations, a minimum clearance of 10
    feet must be obtained.
  4. Trees around secondary or service lines will be trimmed to provide
    only three feet of clearance and only during routine maintenance activities.
    No trimming will be done on service lines between trimming cycles unless
    limbs are exerting excessive pressure on the lines.
  5. NAEC will not cut trees, healthy or dead, around service lines. NAEC
    will have the line disconnected so that the property owner may have
    the tree cut.
  6. Trees outside of NAEC’s Right of Way will not be cut unless the trees
    are determined by NAEC to be endangering primary power lines or the
    removal of these trees will significantly benefit the reliability of
    electrical power or reduce future Right of Way clearance costs.
  7. Property owners will be responsible for hiring qualified tree removal
    personnel to safely remove trees adjacent to NAEC power line Right
    of Ways.
  8. Dead trees will be cut only if they pose a significant threat to
    primary power lines. Dead trees cut to protect power lines will not
    be cleaned up.
  9. Trimming requests submitted by NAEC personnel and by customers will
    be investigated and work will be done if it is warranted. Trees causing
    power interruptions will be trimmed before any other tree trimming
    work is performed. Trees determined not to be an immediate threat to
    electrical power distribution or public safety will not be trimmed
    until scheduled routine maintenance.
  10. Trees will be trimmed in accordance with the tree trimming methods
    approved by the National Arborists Association, the American National
    Standards Institute, and the National Arbor Day Foundation, to promote
    tree health and to reduce re-sprouting. Names for this type of pruning
    include “the Shiago Method”, Drop-Crotch Pruning, and Directional
  11. Stumps of all trees cut by hand will be treated with an approved
    herbicide to prevent re-sprouting.
  12. Brush and debris from tree trimming and Right of Way clearing activities
    will be cleaned up only in actively maintained areas. In non-maintained
    areas, brush and debris will mowed during routine maintenance or hand-cut
    into smaller pieces and left on site.
  13. Brush and debris due to storms or power outages will not be cleaned
  14. Dead brush from herbicide application will not be cut down or cleaned