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During Arbor Week, CMP urges customers to ‘plan before they plant’

AUGUSTA, Maine, May 24, 2010 — People throughout Maine and across the nation are observing Arbor Week 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 or Arbor Week 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. 


About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit