April 4, 2012: To help ensure reliability of its electric service and to ensure a sustainable landscape along its transmission lines, Avista will be performing tree maintenance work in the City of Moscow during April.
Crews licensed and bonded by the city will be working along Travois Way, Berman Creekside Park, Heron’s Hideout, Mountain View and Meadow Way to remove and prune trees that are growing into high voltage transmission lines. Constructed in 1937, the 115,000 kV lines provide power to the majority of Moscow businesses and residences.
Avista is providing funding to the city for their Arbor Day celebration for replacement trees or shrubs that will mature at a height no taller than 15 feet. These lower growing trees are compatible with transmission lines and can provide both environmental and aesthetic benefits. As part of the work, Avista is also planning to girdle some larger trees to provide for bird habitat and grind the removed trees for wood chips which can be used on or along the pathways.
Work along Travois Way is expected to begin April 10, and then move to the other areas in the city scheduled for tree maintenance. At times during April, the work may cause portions of the Paradise Path to be closed temporarily to ensure public safety.
Sharon Vore, Avista’s transmission system forester, said keeping an eye on proximity to power lines is good idea when planting trees.
“To prevent dangerous and high maintenance situations, smaller compact native or ornamental landscaping trees and shrubs are a good choice to plant under power lines or close to electrical equipment,” Vore said.
Homeowners who have concerns about a tree growing near an energized power line should call Avista at (800) 227-9187 for an evaluation. Only a line clearance qualified tree service should work around energized electric lines; never attempt to do so yourself.
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