Maintaining Transmission Rights-of-Way in North Fayette...

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FirstEnergy's long distance, high voltage transmission lines provide power to thousands of our customers and are vital reliability links with other utilities across the country. Keeping our transmission rights-of-way free of unwanted trees and other vegetation is very important to providing reliable and safe electric service.

Vegetation management schedule

Vegetation management crews maintain our transmission rights-of-way every 5 years or so. Transmission right-of-way widths vary according to the voltage of the transmission line and by the easement rights obtained when the line was built. Usually, trees located within the right-of-way that interfere or may potentially interfere with the operation of transmission facilities are removed. This may be accomplished using power saws, EPA-approved herbicides, mechanical equipment, or a combination of methods.

Trees and shrubs

Trees located beyond the edge of the right-of-way that potentially may interfere with transmission facilities are evaluated to determine whether pruning or removal is required. Trees adjacent to the right-of-way that are unhealthy, leaning or significantly encroaching the right-of-way are also pruned or removed.

Compatible shrubs that do not interfere with transmission facilities are not disturbed. A diverse mixture of grasses, low growing shrubs and other ground cover preferred by birds, deer and small animals promote a thriving wildlife habitat. In this way, well-managed transmission rights-of-way provide food and cover wildlife's need to survive.

Below is a general timeline for this year’s vegetation maintenance in North Fayette.

  • Landowner notification-receipt of a letter is your notification
  • Work Planners marking trees (January-June).  This occurs 2 weeks to 45 days after receipt of letter
  • Tree Work-Tree Removal, Tree Pruning, and Brush Mowing (January-December)
  • Aerial Saw Pruning (March-November)
  • Herbicide Application (June-September)

    Information about FirstEnergy’s transmission tree trimming and vegetation management are available online at  Once on this page, click on the link under Vegetation Management named “Vegetation Management for Transmission Lines.”

    Another helpful link is