Much of Berkeley Electric Cooperative's tree trimming is done along easements or right-of-way, which are necessary for the company to properly maintain its power lines and other equipment. Essentially, you own the land but the right-of-way allows the cooperative to construct and maintain transmission and distribution facilities in order to serve customers.
Distribution right-of-way corridors typically range in width from 20 to 50 feet. These lower voltage line are often seen running along streets or in neighborhoods. Please note, although we attempt to contact members before any work is done, our employees and contractors are not required to provide advance notice before entering a right-of-way on your property.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative employs on-staff arborists to supervise in-house and professional tree trimming contract crews. These crews trim trees following the industry standard created in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This standard, known as ANSI A300, directs future tree growth away from the power line. ANSI A300 trimming may appear more drastic when compared to previously used methods, but it's actually better for the tree's health because cuts callus faster and decay is reduced.
Do not attempt to trim trees near power lines as there is a risk of serious or fatal injury. If you are concerned about trees or vegetation growing too close to power lines, please contact Berkeley Electric Cooperative.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative cleans up tree limbs and brush in yards following routine circuit maintenance. Along rural rights-of-way, the debris is often mowed or cut up with saws, but otherwise left to deteriorate. The cooperative does not leave debris in ditches or waterways.
No. The cooperative discontinued the use of glysophate herbicides years ago.
The herbicides that we use work on enzymes found only within plants, not people or animals. These herbicides enter through the leaves or bark and are moved within the plant to control it from the inside. All of the products we use have undergone years of testing and are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All herbicides are applied by certified applicators, or under their direct supervision. Applicators must conform to all local, state, and federal laws in regard to herbicides.
The use of herbicides can reduce the cost of vegetation control by up to 75%. Trees that are cut or mowed have to be re-cleared every few years and the density only gets worse and more costly to keep under control.
Herbicides reduce the overall stem density, which in turn decreases the amount of money needed to maintain the same right-of-way over time. The ability to save money and provide quality habitat for wildlife is a win-win for all that are involved.