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

View Here

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.

 
VegMgmt_Clearance_1515
 

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
Compatible Planting Yard Illustrations

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

Preventing Oak Wilt


Oak wilt is a fungal disease that affects oak trees by impairing the flow of water and nutrients between the tree’s canopy and roots, causing infected trees’ leaves to wilt and turn brown. This disease kills thousands of oak trees each year in forests and commu­nities throughout Michigan.  

As a good steward of the environment, ITC’s vegetation management program is aligned with industry best practices to prevent the spread of the disease:

  • ITC observes the Michigan Department of Natural Resources moratorium on tree work on all oak species from April 15 – August 1. Exceptions may be made in situations to restore service or address safety concerns.
  • Oak trees that must be pruned or removed are treated with an industry approved sealant within a few minutes of cutting.
  • Additionally, all pruning tools will be cleaned with 10% bleach solution or Lysol between sites and/or trees.

For further information on oak wilt, please visit the Michigan Oak Wilt Coalition.

OakWiltbranch
 

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?

Contact ITC About a Vegetation Management Issue

Contact Us