Trees beautify our neighborhoods and are one of the Northwest’s greatest assets. Unfortunately, trees have a downside when located under or too close to power lines.
They can present real threats to public safety and may cause significant power outages during storm season. We are taking this opportunity to explain how we reduce their negative impact and suggest ways you can help too!
Pruning clearances depend on tree species, growth patterns, and the voltage of nearby power lines.
Electric distribution lines typically found in neighborhoods require a minimum of 10 feet of clearance. Faster growing trees must be pruned more aggressively than slower growing and old-growth trees to keep them away from this 10-foot clearance.
Every three years, Canby Utility hires a Certified Arborist to trim trees near utility lines to ensure our customers have minimal power outages caused by trees. Please be cautious when driving through the areas where these crews are trimming.
How can you help? If you are concerned that trees in your yard are growing through power lines, call us at (503) 266-1156.
We will gladly check out areas of concern. We are responsible for trimming trees located within the public right-of-way that are in conflict with our high voltage power lines.
For tree planting guidelines, visit the Canby Oregon website and look under City Services, City Government, Municipal Code.