Northeast Power's goal is to provide safe, affordable, reliable, quality service to our Member-Distribution Cooperatives. To do this, we need to properly maintain our right-of-way. We understand the concern that sometimes occurs when trees need to be trimmed or removed along power line corridors. However, with some forethought and good information, we can avoid any conflicts and turn your concerns into win-win situations. Members can plant and maintain landscape trees or shrubs as ornamentals or buffers in manicured areas of yards which overlap with our right-of-way, with prior vegetation department approval by contacting us at 573-769-2107. Northeast Power can then provide more reliable service while increasing public and worker safety as partners on a landscape team. We've provided a link below that will help you decide on the yard tree that will meet both our needs.
Right-of-Way Maintenance Procedures
Northeast Power strives to provide safe, affordable and reliable and electric service to its Member-Distribution Cooperatives. In order to provide quality service, tall growing vegetation within the right-of-way must be controlled. Northeast Power has adopted a proactive integrated vegetation management style which employs different types of control practices. These methods include mechanical cutting and chemical controls applied in a manner which minimizes disturbance to properties adjoining the right-of-way and affords the highest benefit for the integrity of the transmission system while being cost effective for the members.
Mechanical Cutting and Trimming
When the trees and brush within and along the transmission right-of-way corridor endanger the line or limit access to the line structures, they are controlled using mechanical means. The right-of-way must be kept clear to allow access for maintenance or repairs of the poles and wire. Mowing, trimming and hand cutting are effective methods of control.
Northeast Power limits costly mechanical cutting and mowing by using integrated vegetation management methods.
Chemical Control Methods
There have been advancements in the chemicals and the application methods used by Northeast Power to control vegetation. The use of chemicals to manage the undesired vegetation along the transmission line corridor is the most economical and environmentally friendly method to ensure safe and reliable electric service. New formulations from chemical manufactures have made it possible to lower use rates while achieving improved control. The use of selective herbicides allow the grasses and low growing plants to flourish along the right-of-way and provides control of the woody, tall growing vegetation. Using selective spraying techniques, such as stump treatments, dormant stem treatment and low volume foliar applications limits the exposure to surrounding vegetation. Chemicals are applied to the transmission right-of-way by certified Northeast Power personnel and certified contractors. Proper application of herbicides offers the best method for lasting, cost effective vegetation management. Northeast Power utilizes several different herbicides in various applications to achieve the best control. These agents, their manufacturer, as well as a link to the product label are listed below.
The vegetation department of Northeast Power is constantly exploring new technology with regard to vegetation control measures. Our goal is to control vegetation in order to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric power to our Member-Distribution Cooperatives. Your continued cooperation is always appreciated.
Trees and the Right-of-Way
Trees are very important to the value of your home, the environment and our health, but the wrong tree in the wrong place can be costly for you and for Northeast Power. Trees filter the air, cut down on soil erosion, help cut heating and cooling costs and beautify the neighborhood we live in. We also like to have reliable electric service. Reliable electric service is an integral part of our daily lives. When trees contact power lines, the flow of electricity is interrupted and the lights blink. Northeast Power strives to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service for its Member-Distribution Cooperatives and their members. To achieve these goals, we must manage trees near power lines. Annual trimming is very cost prohibitive and dangerous. Northeast Power would rather spend money on improving the services offered instead of tree maintenance. Let's work together to keep the power on and the trees beautiful and away from the power lines. Trees outside of yards are not allowed on the right-of-way. All tree plantings on the right-of-way easement must have approval from the vegetation department prior to installation. If you have any questions about the wire zones, planting locations, tree species listed or any other tree questions, please contact the Vegetation Department of Northeast Power at 573-769-2107. Northeast Power also provides this information in PDF format for downloading / printing.
Tree Information and Planting Guidelines
Grain Bin Notices
If you have any questions concerning the drawing, please contact Northeast Power's office at 573-769-2107 or your local Rural Electric Cooperative.
Clearance Envelope for Grain Bins Filled by Portable Augers, Conveyors, or Elevators
Tree Side-Trimming Maps
Vegetation Maintenance Maps