LCEC, and most utilities, follow the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) directional pruning guidelines. These standards are industry practice and endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Vegetation that grows extremely fast or specific species of palm trees are difficult to safely manage between pruning cycles. If this type of vegetation is growing in a location that could potentially interfere with LCEC’s primary lines, it must be removed.
Any tree in close proximity to primary power lines must be pruned by a certified line clearance arborist. LCEC recommends that customers contact LCEC before having trees pruned that are close to power lines.
LCEC maintains vegetation in its easements and right of ways on a regular maintenance cycle. LCEC does not prune vegetation that will not interfere with LCEC’s primary lines, including trees with a low mature height and trees that are maintained in commercial groves. When we maintain a circuit we prune all trees that could interfere with the lines before the next scheduled cycle.
Many palm species grow large enough to negatively impact utility facilities. Even palms not immediately adjacent to facilities may pose a threat because of their height and large fronds. Palms cannot be reduced in height or directionally pruned like other trees. The best solution for palms interfering with utility facilities is removal.
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