Pacific Gas and Electric Co. encourages customers to visit new vegetation management web site

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2002 — Worried about a tree branch near a power line or how to safely plant a tree in the right place? Want to know what type of trees provide the best shade or how tall a tree will grow?

Answers to these and many other tree-related questions are available at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s new vegetation management Web site at:

The site has several large charts with recommended types of trees and their heights, links to other power line safety and vegetation management sites, and informative graphics showing safe gardening around power lines.

Readers can also find valuable information about Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Vegetation Management Program on the Web site.

“Safety and reliability are PG&E’s number one priorities,” said Kevin Dowd, director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Vegetation Management Program. “That is why our Vegetation Management Department has a rigorous program to annually trim or remove trees along our more than 100,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines.”

The utility trims and removes trees, brush and branches, and clears “fire breaks” around the bases of certain utility poles and transmission to comply with local, regional and state laws for public safety, to eliminate potential fire hazards and to increase electric service reliability.

“We are very proud to have earned the Tree Line USA Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for our vegetation management policies in the ‘urban forest’ every year since 1995,” said Dowd.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company encourages its customers to report a tree or other vegetation that may pose a danger to power lines by calling its 24-hour emergency and customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5000.

For more information on Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please visit our web site at

For more information about proper tree and vegetation placement near electric power lines, contact your local nursery or visit SafeTree.

The SafeTree Program is a five-year public awareness program funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, providing information about, and funding for, the planting of trees safely away from electric power lines.

SOURCE: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

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