Vegetation Management

CORE Electric Cooperative maintains an aggressive vegetation management program to minimize fire risk and outages. We work year-round to clear overhead distribution lines within our 5,000-square-mile service area and address member reports of hazardous vegetation.

Please contact us immediately at (800) 332-9540 if you see a potentially hazardous tree or other vegetation that could threaten our power lines. We will remove potentially hazardous vegetation at no cost to you.

CORE will typically send a mailed notice if tree trimming is planned for your area and hang an additional notice on your door if vegetation on your property requires our maintenance. Work is typically performed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

How you can help

CORE members can help us reduce the danger presented by vegetation:

If you are served by overhead lines ...

Survey them from the meter to the edge of your property and:

• Call our Utility Forester at (720) 733-5638 to report any vegetation that touches lines, transformers or other CORE equipment or facilities. Also report any vegetation that appears singed, browned or scorched by lines and equipment, even if it doesn’t appear to be making contact at the time you report.

• Report any fully dead trees – those that are completely brown, have no leaves or are losing needles – or trees that appear to have rot and/or insects in them and appear to be tall enough to hit our lines and other equipment if they fall.

• Let us know about excessive vegetation around poles topped by transformers and other equipment so that we can clear it.

• Do not attempt to trim or clear vegetation near or touching CORE equipment. We will mitigate it free of charge.

If you plan to plant any trees or other vegetation ...

• Locate shrubbery, trees and other features so that they will not grow to interfere with lines, transformers and other equipment.

• Do not plant any tree within the right-of-way surrounding overhead transmission lines, or any tree expected to grow beyond 10 feet within the right-of-way surrounding overhead distribution lines.

• Plant trees at least 20 feet from distribution and transmission poles and structures.

• No trees or shrubs should be planted within 10 feet of the front of underground equipment boxes, or 4 feet on other sides.