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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).

2019 Areas Scheduled


Antrim: Mancelona, Warner, Jordan

Charlevoix: Eveline, Wilson, South Arm, Melrose, Boyne Valley

Crawford: Grayling, Lovells, South Branch, Beaver Creek

Emmet: Resort, West Traverse, Pleasantview Bay

Kalkaska: Cold Springs, Blue Lake, Excelsior, Rapid River

Oscoda: Greenwood, Big Creek

Otsego: Chester


Allegan: Gun Plain, Martin, Otsego, Watson

Kent: Nelson, Solon, Tyrone

Lake: Chase, Cherry Valley, Lake, Pleasant Plains, Sweetwater, Webber, Yates

Mason: Amber, Branch, Riverton

Mecosta: Green Charter

Montcalm: Pierson, Reynolds

Muskegon: Montague, White River

Newaygo: Barton, Ensley, Grant, Troy

Oceana: Benona, Claybanks, Ferry, Golden, Grant, Otto, Shelby

Osceola: Burdell, Richmond, Sherman

Ottawa: Blendon, Holland, Olive, Zeeland