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As Arbor Week approaches,
CMP urges customers to 'plan before they plant'


AUGUSTA, Maine, May 9, 2008 — People throughout Maine and across the nation are preparing to observe Arbor Week May 19-23 with a variety of tree-planting activities. Central Maine Power Company applauds those efforts, including those involving the planting of trees and shrubs to enhance the environment.

Trees add beauty to the landscape, help clean the air, and provide shade and animal habitat. But they can also interfere with power lines, disrupting electric service and even posing safety hazards.

“CMP has a strong commitment to tree care, and that why we use only trained arborists to prune and remove problem trees along its power lines,” says CMP spokesman John Carroll. “This helps us to provide safe, reliable electric delivery, and also promotes a healthy community forest by eliminating diseased and dead trees.”

Proper selection and placement of trees near overhead power lines can eliminate potential hazards and improve the appearance of your property. CMP encourages people who would like to plant a tree in observance of Earth Day to “plan before you plant,” and offers the following tips:


• Before planting, look around the area for power lines and other hazards, and keep in mind that today’s sapling will eventually grow into a mature tree many times its current size.
• Avoid planting trees directly underneath power lines or too close to electric facilities  along with minimizing the chance of power interruption, this keeps you and the public safe.
• Trees like white pine, maple, ash, fir, and spruce that will be 60 feet or taller when mature should be planted no closer than 60 feet from the nearest power line.
• Trees like crabapple, juniper, and dogwood that will be no more than 20 feet tall at maturity may be planted as close as 15 feet from the power line.
• If plantings must go beneath lines, consider shrubs such as common lilac and burning bush or dwarf trees that will not grow up into the lines.

“Your local tree nursery can give lots of helpful advice on the types of trees or shrubs appropriate for particular sites and growing conditions,” adds Carroll.

During Arbor Week, CMP will provide free seedlings to Project Canopy, which promotes community forestry across the state of Maine. The utility will also distribute more than 5,000 free seedlings to schools in communities throughout its service area, including Sidney, Farmingdale, Chelsea, Lewiston, New Gloucester, Belfast, Farmington, Wilton, Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Saco, Sanford, Cape Elizabeth, and Falmouth.

Additional information about CMP’s Tree Care program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found on CMP’s web site at


About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site:

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