Question & Answer: Street Trees and Power Lines

Question:

Hi my husband and I were talking about this [street tree ordinance] and were wondering if this would mean planting trees under the powerlines, so they would need to be trimed later when the grow into them.

Answer:

Few new areas will have overhead power lines.  Those that do would still likely have trees, however the trees would be selected such that they would not reach the height of the power lines.  Most of the trees that we have to trim around power lines today are the result of poor tree selection.  The fact that the city forester will have a say in the selection will address this.  Thanks for the question.

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