A Message to Our Customers Regarding Tree Trimming and Removal Along PUD Power Lines

Tree Removal

Grays Harbor PUD will remove trees that are directly under, or so close to our energized primary lines, that they may pose an electrical hazard, or are unlawful for an otherwise qualified contractor to remove. Branches and chips will be hauled away, and large pieces of wood may be left for the owner’s use. Trees close to power lines that are severely leaning, dead, decayed, or pose a hazard to power lines may be removed by Grays Harbor PUD. We reserve the right to refuse removal of any tree, which may be safely removed by a qualified tree worker when no electrical hazard exists or there is no possibility of damage to the electrical system.

Customer Service Line and Street Lights

Trimming for services to residences and private lights is the responsibility of the customer. Grays Harbor PUD will trim service wires that run from pole to pole, including the first ten feet of service wire from the power pole to the residence. The service will be cleared of touching branches. Grays Harbor PUD will not remove trees or large branches. In order to reduce the rise of electrical hazards, Grays Harbor PUD will drop your service wire and reconnect it after your qualified contractor has completed their tree work. There is no charge for this service, but 48 hours advance notice is required to schedule crews.

Grays Harbor PUD will trim all trees and vegetation around energized power lines, fiber optic cables, utility poles and pad mount transformers. It’s important to keep alleys and right of ways clear of plants and debris, so crews may perform maintenance or emergency functions safely. Trees that are trimmed next to distribution lines are done so in a manner that will provide proper clearances, promote growth away from power lines, and leave the customer with a well-trimmed tree. Grays Harbor PUD contract crews follow I.S.A. and ANSI standards for pruning where possible. Unfortunately, some species are not suitable around power lines and continued trimming on these types of trees may not always look appealing.

Grays Harbor PUD strives to maintain sufficient line clearances, but due to weather conditions, tree vigor, species type, and a number of other variables, some trees may reach our primary distribution before their next scheduled trim cycle. If you have a tree or know of one that has grown into the power lines, or feel the tree is dead, decaying, or presents a hazard to the electrical system, call Grays Harbor PUD at 360-538-6284. A tree work request form will be filled out. An inspector will be sent to examine the tree and its position relative to our power line, and determine the best course of action. Should a tree need to be removed, an owner removal card will be left for you to sign. Grays Harbor PUD prioritizes each request with emergency and hazardous situations taking precedence. Your tree requests are important to us. Please be patient, your concerns will be addressed.

If you need more information, please call Grays Harbor PUD at 360-538-6284.

 

SUGGESTED WESTERN WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE TREES

Deciduous broadleaf

  • American Hornbeam
  • Callery Pear
  • Pagoda Dogwood
  • Oriental Fringe tree
  • European Hornbeam (Columnar Form)
  • Oriental Cherry
  • Cherry Plum
  • Flowering Ash
  • Globe Norway Maple
  • Golden Desert Ash
  • Hedge Maple
  • Sourwood
  • Washington Hawthorn
  • Winter King’ Hawthorn

Broadleaf Evergreens

  • Glossy Rivet
  • Holm Oak
  • Fulvum Rhododendron
  • Tree Rhododendron
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Japanese Evergreen Oak

Needle-Leaved Evergreens

  • Elegans’ Japanese Cedar
  • Japanese Umbrella Pine
  • Glauca’ Japanese White Pine
  • Lacebark Pine
  • Pinyon Pine
  • Tanyosho Pine

NOTICE TO GHPUD CUSTOMERS:

Trees planted in Grays Harbor County receive an abundance of moisture as compared to areas further inland. The trees listed above can develop and grow 15% to 20% taller than the 25’ -30’ (foot) as advertised by local tree nurseries. Do not plant trees directly under high voltage power lines, telephone and communication lines or above water and waste water pipes in the City, County or State right of way. Please take care to trim your trees regularly to keep them a safe distance from the overhead lines.
 


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PO Box 480
2720 Sumner Ave
Aberdeen, WA  98520
360-532-4220
800-562-7726
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