Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place
Large trees near power lines can disrupt service to you and the community and can pose safety hazards. Planting large trees away from power lines helps ensure more reliable electric service and greater public safety. Large trees near power lines often require pruning or removal to avoid electrical hazards. Proper selection of trees species for use near power lines will reduce hazards and the need for expensive, unsightly pruning or removal.
Before you plant
The diagram below shows the recommended distances a tree should be planted from the power lines and poles.
Some species suitable for the interior and guidelines to follow when planting trees and shrubs near Golden Valley Electric Association power lines. This list is only a guideline. Not all species do well in all site and soil conditions. Consult your local nursery, Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, landscape professional or GVEA's ISA certified arborist for information on suitable growing sites for specific species.
Within 15 feet from poles and lines:
Do not plant trees or shrubs within this space as it is needed for equipment access down the right of way. Plant grasses, annuals and herbaceous perennials in this area.
15 to 20 feet from poles:
Plant small trees and shrubs that reach no more than 20 feet in height at maturity. Some appropriate plants for this area include:
- Creeping juniper
- Muhgo pine
- Red-osier, Siberian or dwarf dogwood
- Siberian pea shrub
- Nanking cherry
- Peking cottonester
- Siberian crabapples
- Flowering crabapples
- Amur maple
- Ussurian Pear
- Russian olive
20 feet or more from poles:
Plant medium sized trees in this area that reach no more than 40 feet at maturity. Consider the crown as well as the height.
- Choke cherries,( including Canadian Red and Amur)
- European bird cherry (May Day)
- Mountain ash
- Alder(mountaingreen, Sitka, thinleaf)
- Willow (feltleaf)
- Black spruce
- Siberian elm
40 feet or more from poles:
- White spruce
- Lodgepole pine
- Scotch pine
- Eastern larch (Tamarack), Siberian larch,
- Quaking aspen (needs open space to form good shape)
- Balsam poplar
Other things to consider
- Don't plant trees where they will obstruct the meter. We need to access the meter and be able to see it to read it.
- If you live in an area that has under ground power, do not plant shrub and trees near metal transformers cabinets.
- Golden Valley Electric Association is a proud member of Tree Line USA, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation.