Lynches River Electric Cooperative's on-going vegetation management program keeps your electric service reliable.
Trimming trees and removing plant growth around power lines prevents blinks and temporary outages. A blink can cause havoc with your computer system and possibly cause the loss of valuable and expensive data.
If limbs that overhang our line are properly managed, you're also less likely to have a prolonged outage when storms come to call. The major cause of a storm-related outage is when ice or wind breaks limbs that bring our lines crashing down.
But the most important reason to keep trees trimmed away from power lines is safety. No one wants a tree close enough to a power line that would allow a playful child to climb up and be in danger.
Lynches River's vegetation maintenance program follows a five-year plan. That is, we try to reach every line on our system within five years; then we start again. Lynches River maintains about 2,600 miles of lines.
Our Bylaws give Lynches River permission to maintain a right-of-way of 15 feet on either side of co-op lines. As much as possible, we try to cooperate with landowners and homeowners in determining just how much trimming is necessary in the co-op's right-of-way. However, if our line is there, your co-op has a legal right to trim it.
In addition to keeping our lines clear of vegetation, our rights-of-way give us a path to do maintenance or repair work. This access to co-op lines is crucial during outage restoration after a major storm.
Lynches River contracts with experienced companies to perform its right-of-way maintenance. Hiring contract crews saves the co-op money and that keeps rates down. These contract crews are highly skilled, properly equipped and under the supervision of Lynches River Electric Cooperative.
if you have any questions or concerns about the cooperative's vegetation management program, please contact us.
Teal's Mill Substation
Tree Planting Guide
Use the following guide to take the guess work out of where to plant a tree:
Small Trees (25' or less)
Distance From Power Lines:
20 - 30 feet away