Trees Virginia is pleased to bring you www.utilityfriendlytrees.org. This resource was born out of the efforts of Look Up, Virginia! – a consortium of arborists, horticulturists, urban foresters, urban forest scientists, and utility service providers striving to educate the public about tree and utility line conflicts.

Conflicts between trees and overhead utility lines are unfortunate occurrences in our towns and cities. These conflicts lead to power disruptions, safety hazards, increased utility costs, and disfigurement of trees. Fortunately, trees and utility lines can coexist as long as we make good choices about selecting, planting, and caring for trees.

The purpose of this website is to increase awareness of conflicts between trees and overhead utility lines and provide citizens with information and resources to make informed decisions about trees in their communities. In the coming months, new content will be added to this website to enhance learning opportunities for tree owners and citizens.

The Look Up, Virginia! consortium has been involved in public outreach and education about trees and utilities for about 20 years. The consortium has supported a range of programs:

  • Public service announcements
  • Brochures
  • Publications
  • Evaluation of utility compatible trees
  • Municipal tree restoration projects
  • Public display arboreta of utility compatible trees

Contributors to Look Up, Virginia! have included:

  • American Electric Power
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Scenic Virginia
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Dept. of Forestry
  • Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Virginia Tech Dept. of Horticulture
  • Numerous municipalities around the state

To learn more about prevention of tree and utility line conflicts, check out this publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension: Trees and Shrubs for Overhead Utility Line Easements


Utility Friendly Tree Resources

Below is a collection of resources that will help you to do your part to reduce tree and utility line conflicts:

Benefits of Trees

Tree Selection

Tree Planting

Tree Pruning

Visit a Utility Line Arboretum near you to see trees on display that are compatible with overhead utility lines:

  • Abingdon, Virginia – Veterans Memorial Park
  • Blacksburg, Virginia – Hahn Horticulture Garden
  • Lynchburg, Virginia – American Electric Power Office
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia – Hampton Roads AREC

Did You Know:

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia’s State Tree is the flowering dogwood.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

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American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture

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