is CWLP responsible for trimming the tree? Find out here.
Recognizing the value of trees to our community and nation, CWLP and our contractor, Nelson Tree Service, adopt the most conservative possible strategy for dealing with conflicts between trees and power lines. Whenever possible, trees are trimmed in a manner that will allow them to re-grow as naturally, beautifully and healthily as possible while directing the growth away from nearby power lines. The three trimming methods used by CWLP follow standards set by the National Arborists Association.
When removal cannot be avoided, the utility will, at the customer’s request, replace the downed tree with a new one that is better suited for the site.
If you are considering planting a new tree, make sure you choose and a proper planting site so that, when it reaches maturity (or before), the tree will not conflict with nearby power lines. Use the graphic below as a guide for how far to plant various-sized trees from overhead lines.
Graphic courtesy of SafeElectricity.org
For its efforts to maintain Springfield’s urban forest, CWLP has been named a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The utility is also a member of the American Public Power Association’s Tree Power Program, which promotes the planting and care of trees in urban centers, as well as utility programs aimed at educating the public about the benefits of urban forests.
Links to even more information about CWLP's tree trimming practices and related topics can be found in the left-hand column of this page.