View of town with trees near the powerlines

Right-of-way tree trimming

Trees touching power lines can cause momentary or extended power outages. Wright-Hennepin prevents these outages with right-of-way tree trimming.

Wright-Hennepin (WH) works with a contractor to conduct right-of-way tree assessment and trimming in our service territory.

WH prevents momentary outages from happening by trying to maintain a clearance of 15 feet on all sides of its high-voltage primary power lines. This tree trimming takes place year-round throughout the service territory. As always, WH does its best to inform you before crews trim trees in your area.

WH asks that all members monitor the trees on their property and notify the cooperative if there are trees touching power lines, or you are concerned about your trees growing into the power lines. If you've noticed one or more of these scenarios, please fill out this online form.

Note: Wright-Hennepin is responsible for getting electricity to member's meters. However, the mast on the house (the pipe in which the wires run down to the meter) is the member's responsibility. If a tree damages the mast, an electrician will need to make repairs at the home. 

Storms, trees and responsibilities

When clearing trees to restore power, WH’s primary concern is the safety of our crews and members. Our objective is to restore power as efficiently as safely possible. WH and its contractors clear hazardous downed trees and brush so that our line crews can diagnose and restore outages. Once the power is restored, removal and cleanup of residual debris on the ground is the member’s responsibility. 

In contrast, when WH trims trees as part of its right-of-way trimming program, WH will clean up the leftover debris. When WH contractors perform annual scheduled right-of-way trimming, they will clean up and remove all brush and trees less than 6 inches in diameter.

Want to save yourself time and hassle with that clean up?  Members can seek removal and professional tree care services through WH Services – a WH subsidiary that offers 90-day, no interest financing for those who qualify and free quotes to WH members. Call (763) 477-3000 for more information, or fill out the form at the bottom of WH’s tree trimming, treatment and removal services page. 

Tree trimming crew

Tree Trimming

Trimming trees near power lines can be a dangerous job. Make sure that it is done by a professional. Wright-Hennepin has tree trimming services that can take care of tree limbs near lines.