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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).

2018 Areas Scheduled


Antrim: Banks, Central Lake, Custer, Echo, Forest Home, Helena, Kearney, Mancelona, Milton, Star, Warner

Charlevoix: Chandler, Hudson, South Arm

Cheboygan: Wilmot

Emmet: Friendship, Pleasant View, Readmond

Kalkaska: Clearwater, Cold Springs, Kalkaska, Rapid River

Montmorency: Albert, Vienna

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


Allegan: Allegan, Dorr, Heath, Monterey, Overisel, Salem, Valley

Clare: Redding, Winterfield

Lake: Cherry Valley, Peacock, Sauble, South Newkirk, Webber

Mason: Amber, Branch, Custer, Hamlin, Pere Marquette, Sheridan, Sherman, Victory

Mecosta: Big Rapids

Muskegon: Casnovia

Newaygo: Ashland, Beaver, Bridgeton, Denver, Goodwell, Monroe, Norwich, Troy, Wilcox

Oceana: Colfax, Ferry, Leavitt, Newfield, Shelby

Osceola: Hartwick, Marion, Middle Branch, Sylvan

Ottawa: Allendale, Blendon, Holland, Olive, Robinson