Response to concerns about brushing in Dawson City

General, News, Safety

May 02, 2024  Comment

We have started our work to remove or trim trees (brushing) in downtown Dawson that are too close to powerlines. We too appreciate the beauty and habitat that trees provide and want to share the following information in case it helps with the questions and comments being raised.

Not all trees and bushes in downtown Dawson will be cut down. The trees and bushes being cut down are one that are too close to the power line or need to be removed to prepare for work we’re doing this summer to upgrade Dawson’s power system.

The trees and bushes being cut down are in areas where a power line easement exists, or we have received permission from the property owner to cut them down.

Property owners with trees or other vegetation that needed to be cut down or trimmed were contacted by us last month with a door hanger at their property, a follow-up phone call and a site visit if requested. If you have not received a door hanger, phone call or visit from us, then the trees or bushes on your property do not need to be cut.

We know some birds may be nesting. Before we do any brushing, we are required to do a visual inspection to look for nests. If we find any active nests, we ribbon off the area and leave it untouched, and come back to it when we know for sure the birds have left the nest.

Removing or trimming these trees is necessary to keep people who work and live around power lines safe and provide reliable electricity service to all of Dawson. Tree contact with power lines is a leading cause of power outages and can also cause fires and broken power lines that can cause electricity to flow to ground.

This work will continue until May 15th, 2024. If you have questions about the work happening, please don’t hesitate to call our Dawson office at 993-5565, email or visit our office.


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