Planting the right tree
Benton PUD’s tree program was developed to ensure quality tree care practices and help customers plant the appropriate trees near utility lines and equipment. The benefits of the program have been healthier trees, less outages and long-term savings to Benton PUD.
Trees add to your home value, provide shade and help improve your home’s energy efficiency. They also play an important part of carbon reduction in our environment.
If trees are not properly cared for they may cause serious problems. Annually, thousands of trees are trimmed to prevent their growth from contacting nearly 800 miles of Benton PUD electrical lines that serve our customers. Over 18,000 trees of 28 different species are growing under and beside our power lines.
Trees that touch or fall on power lines can cause wildfires, power outages, property damage, or personal injury. Trees are one of the leading causes of outages that affect traffic lights, residents on life support, and essential public facilities such as hospitals. These situations are easily preventable by proper tree pruning and in some instances, removal and replanting of power line friendly trees.
Call Before You Dig
If you are planning to do any digging the first thing you want to do is call 8-1-1 for the Utilities Underground Location Center. They will send someone to mark where your electric, gas, water, sewer and cable lines are buried. The last thing you want to do is to hit one of these lines, causing a dangerous and expensive problem.
For more information
Please call Benton PUD Utility Tree Coordinator, Brian Cramer, at (509) 585-5399 or email him at email@example.com if you have any questions about our tree program, pruning trees, and/or planting the right tree.
Benton PUD is recipient of the Tree Line USA award for our commitment to quality tree care practices, public education regarding tree planting for energy conservation and appropriate placement near utility lines and community tree planting.