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Tree-related power line damage is a major cause of outages for Great Lakes Energy. Re-clearing of the co-op’s entire power line distribution system is done on approximately six to seven year cycles.

The amount of trimming to maintain adequate power line clearance depends on the tree type, location and growth, and line voltage size. In addition to weak and dying trees, healthy trees may need to be trimmed or removed if they pose a threat to your electric service.

Right-of-way (ROW) re-clearing along Great Lakes Energy power lines is scheduled in the counties and townships listed below, including throughout winter months.

Workers will attempt to get as many lines cleared as time permits. Other areas where tree growth presents a problem may be added to this list.

We will notify members if tree clearing is happening in their area by means of a postcard and phone message notification approximately two weeks before the work begins.

Questions about ROW re-clearing should be directed to our Vegetation Management Department at 888-485-2537 ext. 8221 (central and south counties) or ext. 1295 (north counties).

2017 Areas Scheduled

Antrim: Banks, Central Lake, Forest Home, Milton, Torch Lake

Barry: Baltimore, Barry, Hope, Johnstown, Orangeville, Rutland, Yankee Springs

Charlevoix: Bay, Evangeline, Hayes, Marion, Melrose

Cheboygan: Mentor, Tuscarora, Wilmot

Crawford: Maple Forest

Emmet: Bear Creek, Bliss, Center, Cross Village, Littlefield, Little Traverse, Readmond, Resort, Springvale


Lake: Chase, Newkirk, Yates

Manistee: Filer

Mason: Amber, Branch, Custer, Free Soil, Grant, Hamlin, Pere Marquette, Riverton, Sheridan, Sherman, Summit, Victory

Mecosta: Aetna, Green

Muskegon: Ravenna, White River


Newaygo: Barton, Beaver, Big Prairie, Brooks, Everett, Garfield, Home, Lilley, Merrill, Monroe, Sherman, Troy

Oceana: Benona, Claybanks, Golden, Grant, Hart, Shelby, Pentwater, Weare

Osceola: Burdell, Richmond

Otsego: Bagley, Charlton, Chester, Corwith, Dover, Hayes, Livingston, Otsego Lake

Ottawa: Allendale, Blendon, Polkton

Wexford: Cherry Grove, Henderson, South Branch