Flathead Electric to trim trees

Submitted by Wendy
Olstrom

Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) is committed to providing safe, reliable service to members. To support that commitment, FEC work crews may soon be visiting your area to trim and, if necessary, remove trees growing too close to power lines within the FEC right-of-way. Crews will begin in the areas of Libby, Whitefish and Lakeside.
Trees growing near and into power lines can create public safety hazards, start fires and cause power outages. FEC’s tree trimming program is 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. All work will be completed by professionals who have been trained on safe, proper and environmentally responsible practices.
For more information regarding FEC’s tree trimming program, visit their website (flatheadelectric.com), where you can also learn more about how to plant the right tree in the right place to avoid conflicts with power lines.