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Electric co-op to trim trees near power lines

April 7, 2019 GMT

Flathead Electric Cooperative crews this month will be trimming and, if necessary, removing trees growing too close to power lines within the co-op’s right of way. Crews will be working mainly in the areas of Libby, Marion, McGregor, Thompson, Lost Prairie and Echo Lake.

The co-op warns that trees growing near and into power lines can create public safety hazards, start fires and cause power outages. The tree-trimming program uses an industry best practice designed to prevent dangerous situations and ensure electric reliability.

“FEC understands members value trees (as does FEC). That’s why crews strive to find a balance between reliable power and healthy trees,” the cooperative stated in a press release. “All work will be completed by professionals who have been trained on safe, proper and environmentally responsible practices.”

For more information visit www.flatheadelectric.com/trees where you can also learn more about how to plant the right tree in the right place to avoid conflicts with power lines.