Trees have immense value in urban settings, connecting us to the natural world in ways few other things can.
At PGE we understand this value and strive to balance the many benefits of trees with the reliability of our system and the safety of our community.
We run a tree maintenance program, surveying every tree in our power line rights of way at least every 2 to 3 years. But tree-related outages still happen. About 90 percent are caused by wind carrying branches onto lines from trees growing outside the right of way — such as in a front yard.
In addition, with hotter summer temperatures and periods of drought, overgrown trees and vegetation pose a fire risk near power lines and other electrical equipment.
Learn how our tree crews help prevent outages.
You, too, can help prevent tree-related outages and reduce fire risk by following the “right tree, right place” guidelines when selecting and planting trees, and by properly caring for your trees.
We offer guidance on:
We also offer free wood chips in areas where we are actively working.
In addition, we also support Friends of Trees to help our community enjoy the benefits of trees.
Watch for overhead power lines when moving ladders or tools.
Call before you dig. Dial 811 to have underground utilities marked. Call at least two business days prior to digging.
Call the PGE Tree Hotline at 800-544-1794 for advice or assistance before working on trees near power lines.
Don’t let children play in trees near power lines.