Recognizing tree hazards

Hazardous trees are those that are dead, dying or diseased and are sometimes located beyond the easement or right-of-way. In some cases, the tree is severely leaning toward our transmission or distribution facilities (overhead lines, guy wires or conductors).

Our enhanced hazard tree program allows us to coordinate with local communities and property owners to evaluate and remove diseased and dying trees that pose a risk to electric service beyond the rights-of-way.

While it is the ultimate responsibility of the property owner to provide for the safety of trees on their property, evaluating the seriousness of some of the common defects and issues that can affect a tree is best done by a professional arborist.

When it is determined a particular tree poses a risk to electric service reliability, our certified arborists can help you decide if the best course of action is to remove the tree.

Our arborists typically evaluate hazard trees and limbs looking for:

  • Regrowth from topping, line clearance or other pruning.
  • Electrical line adjacent to tree.
  • Broken or partially attached branch.
  • Open cavity in trunk or branch.
  • Dead or dying branches.
  • Branches arising from a single point on the trunk.
  • Decay and rot present in old wounds.
  • Recent change in grade or soil level, or other construction.

Other signs of trouble may include:

  • Bark bleeding or loose bark;
  • Crown dieback;
  • Termites, carpenter ants or borers;
  • Mushrooms or other fungus;
  • Cracks or splits;
  • Damage to roots; or
  • Leaning trunk

Please contact us to discuss the specific issue and what action is required to resolve the hazardous situation.