Trees are a precious resource that we work hard to protect. Whenever possible, Avista will prune the branches that are too close to power lines so that the tree can stay. However, some species grow too quickly, or after being pruned multiple times, no longer look aesthetically pleasing.
Where you plant your new tree matters. Planting the right tree in the right place can eliminate the need for Avista to prune or remove a tree growing too close to a power line, plus it can help reduce power outages. Many power outages occur as uprooted trees or branches fall onto power lines. We all want to avoid this, so Avista must routinely prune or remove trees that become a risk of interrupting essential community services.
Planting the right tree in the right place can make all the difference. And don’t forget, call 811 at least two full business days before you dig to have underground utilities located and marked at no cost to you. Calling ahead can keep everyone safe.