ITC maintains an integrated vegetation management program to protect electric reliability and public safety. Trees and high-voltage power lines are a hazardous combination. Tree interference with transmission lines is a leading cause of electric power outages and poses a safety threat to the public. Our society depends upon electricity, so the loss of power can bring daily life to a halt..

ITC's Vegetation Management Brochure

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Our approach to vegetation management

Selective removal of incompatible species in urban, suburban and rural transmission corridors is the cornerstone of our vegetation management program. 

These efforts make space for grasses, wildflowers and low-growing shrubs to thrive. Foresters and other trained field staff routinely inspect our corridors, identify both appropriate and incompatible species on a site-by-site basis, and recommend appropriate management methods. They are available to discuss individual questions or concerns with residents.  

A secondary objective of integrated vegetation management is keeping access routes to transmission equipment free of large woody plants and trees to enable regular inspection and maintenance activities.


Natural Greenways

ITC's holistic approach to vegetation management results in safe and reliable transmission corridors that can foster stable and diverse greenways for people and wildlife – along with decreased environmental and property disturbance.


Right Tree, Right Place


ITC appreciates that tree removal can be a sensitive issue for property owners. The safety of residents and reliability of the transmission system are our top priorities. ITC works with residents to help them understand what kinds of plants and shrubs can be safely established near transmission lines, and the right places for trees. Under our “Right Tree, Right Place” program, we hold site selection education events in communities to complement property owner management and help prevent tree interference with transmission lines.

Compatible Plantings
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Planting Trees to Conserve Energy


Planting the right tree in the right place can help conserve energy by providing wind protection, shade and cool air. This can add beauty, privacy and wildlife habitat to the landscape while also protecting the safety and reliability of the transmission system. The link below provides tips on landscaping for energy conservation.

How to Plant Trees to Conserve Energy


Frequently Asked questions

6.2 Vegetation Management

  • Why does ITC remove trees instead of trim them?

  • Why does ITC need access to my property?

  • How can I verify the rights ITC has on my property?

  • How will I know ITC is planning vegetation management activity?

  • How often does ITC return to perform vegetation work?

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