Proper Landscaping & Tree Trimming

MEA is committed to providing safe, reliable power to our members. Effective vegetative management is vital in the effort to reduce tree-related outages. For the safety of the public and crews, please keep clear of the work zone while crews are accessing and clearing rights-of-way. Call 761-9306  or 761-9267 with any questions.

The right landscaping for the right place

The utility easement (underground and overhead) needs to remain clear of vegetation, rocks, fences and other objects in order for MEA to access power lines and underground equipment without any hindrances. The grade of the ground should not be altered around the pedestals and transformer boxes. MEA is dedicated to keeping our members, the public, and our utility workers safe. Clear access enables MEA to safely perform routine maintenance and restore power as quickly as possible during a power outage. Please understand that MEA has rules and regulations that our members must follow. Thank you for understanding the importance of this message.


MEA will remove dangerous trees that grow outside of the right-of-way but still pose a threat to power lines as a FREE SERVICE to MEA members. Call one of our Customer Service offices to schedule an appointment (listed under Contact Us).

MEA’s resident arborist, Bill Jardel, has put together a list of trees that can safely be planted within the areas approaching power lines. Some recommended varieties include weeping birch, Siberian larch, Scots pine and snowy mountain ash. Planting the right tree in the right place is very important for members’ safety and the safety of MEA crews as they perform scheduled clearing of the rights-of-way and access MEA power lines for maintenance and repair.

Please visit MEA’s tree arboretum/display garden across the street from the Palmer office to see examples of many recommended species and planting distances from power lines.

Did you know that trees, if planted outside of the right-of-way and safely away from utilities, can help reduce your energy usage? Here are some tips from the Alaska Division of Forestry on where to plant your trees: 

As always, before digging, call 811 to have them mark where underground utilities are located.