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Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management

Maintaining trees and vegetation to help ensure reliable service.

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How We Manage Trees

Our qualified tree personnel are trained to use integrated vegetation management (IVM) to inspect and clear vegetation that pose a threat to our distribution and transmission lines. IVM bases its practices on the voltage and type of line, as well as the type of vegetation and its proximity to the line.
  • Keeping Lines Clear

    As part of providing reliable service and minimizing outages, it is important that we maintain trees and other vegetation along power lines.

  • Right Tree Right Place

    Thinking about planting a tree? Make sure the tree you plant is the right tree in the right place.

  • Rights of Way

    What is a right of way and how does Duke Energy use it? Learn more about how we manage rights of way.

Pruning and Safety Guidelines

Our methods systematically address vegetation that will interfere with the operation of power lines. We use specific information such as reliability data and other indications to prioritize lines for tree pruning and removal.
  • Pruning

    We use approved arboricultural tree pruning practices to maintain tree health while establishing a clearance between power lines and tree branches.

  • Safety

    Please call Duke Energy before pruning or removing trees near power lines as it can be a very hazardous task.

Planned Tree Trimming Map

View our interactive tree trimming map to see planned tree trimming projects in your area as well as work in progress and recently completed.

Duke Energy recognized by Tree Line USA®

Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters endorse all jurisdictions for exceptional vegetation management practices.