Tree Pruning & Removal
Whenever tree work is planned, you will be notified in advance by receiving a door hanger packet that includes a letter from NIPSCO and a pamphlet. When tree removal is planned, you will receive an additional notice in the packet requesting that you contact the utility arborist working in your area to discuss the issues of concern identified during their inspection.
But before tree work is scheduled or performed, an arborist trained in utility operations will inspect trees near the power lines to determine whether pruning or removal is needed. Considerations during this assessment include:
- What is the physical condition of the tree?
- Are there hollows, cracks, splits, decay, disease, etc. that put the tree at increased risk of falling into the lines and causing an outage?
- Would removing the tree or limbs eliminate the hazard?
- What is the species of the tree and what is its natural mature height, crown spread, wood strength and rate of growth?
- Will future growth lead to increasing conflict with the power lines?
- What voltage is the power line and what is the position of the tree in relation to the line? The greater the voltage, the greater the clearance distance required.
- What will be the visual and health impact of the work on the tree?
- Would the amount of required clearance impact the tree to such an extent that complete removal would be recommended?
When the job is done, tree crews will chip and haul away smaller trimmings and do a general clean-up of the work area. Larger limbs that have value as firewood will be cut into manageable lengths and left at the base of the tree for your use unless other arrangements have been made. The resulting wood will be handled per your written agreement. Our crews do not clean-up or remove branches and debris that occur during storm restoration efforts.