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Vegetation Management Program

Tree on a Line

KEC is making an investment in reliability and safety. Did you know trees are the number one cause of power outages? This is why vegetation management is such a critical component of maintaining the reliability of our system. This program focuses on the identification and removal of hazardous trees as well as the pruning of vegetation that interferes with our distribution lines. The determination of which trees to trim or remove is based upon a variety of factors such as the type of electrical equipment, tree species, visible tree defects, and proximity to power lines. Every year, KEC clears some 325 miles of power line easments and spends more than $850,000 doing so. This is an investment in a safe, and reliable electrical distribution system. We often get questions from members about why we need to remove or trim trees on their property. Generally, it is the result of the wrong tree growing in the wrong place. The result can be a significant fire hazard and endanger both our members and employees. This is also a problem in the winter when heavy snow load causes the branches to touch the power lines. We ask that members please plant trees well outside the right-of way and that they plant the right tree in the right place. Learn more at the links below.

Our Approach to Tree Removal

General Manager’s Message: The importance of Managing Trees

Report a Tree Problem

Idaho Department of Lands: Forest Pest Fact Sheet - Bark Beetle

Idaho Department of Lands: Forest Pest Fact Sheet - Root Disease

Current Vegetation Management Projects: 

(​July -September 2017): KEC crews are working in the Mica and Kidd Island Bay, Cougar Gulch and South Greensferry areas.

(September-November 2017): KEC's contractor Associated Arborists, will be conducting Right of Way trimming and clearing south of Coeur d'Alene on the west side of the Lake. Crews will be targeting dead, dying, and structurally weak trees.  Also trees growing into the right-of-way clearance zone will be trimmed and/or removed to maintain line safety and power reliability.  Members with questions or concerns may call 208.292.3216. 

 

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