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Trees are an important part of our community and add to our quality of life.  They add to your home value, provide shade and help improve your home’s energy efficiency.   Trees also play an important part of carbon reduction in our environment.

If not properly cared for trees may cause hazardous situations.  Tree branches growing into electrical lines can cause power outages, property damage or personal injury.  These hazards can be prevented by planting appropriately near power lines, proper tree pruning and in some cases, removal and replanting of “power line friendly” trees.

It is Benton PUD’s practice to prune and/or remove trees in close proximity to primary high-voltage overhead lines.  Customers are responsible for pruning and/or removing trees growing into secondary lines that go directly to your home or business as well as maintaining access to underground electrical equipment.  Contact us prior to pruning near secondary lines to request that we disconnect your service.  We will disconnect your service free of charge during regular work hours to allow you to prune your trees safely.

Benton PUD’s tree program was developed to ensure quality tree care practices and help customers plant the right trees near utility lines and equipment. The benefits of the program have been healthier trees, less outages and long-term savings to Benton PUD.

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Call Before You Dig
If you are planning to do any digging the first thing you want to do is call 8-1-1 for the Utilities Underground Location Center. They will send someone to mark where your electric, gas, water, sewer and cable lines are buried. The last thing you want to do is to hit one of these lines, causing a dangerous and expensive problem.

For more information
Please call Benton PUD Utility Tree Coordinator, Brian Cramer, at (509) 585-5399 or email him at if you have any questions about our tree program, pruning trees, and/or planting the right tree.

Benton PUD is recipient of the Tree Line USA award for our commitment to quality tree care practices, public education regarding tree planting for energy conservation and appropriate placement near utility lines and community tree planting.