How far are trees cut back?

The amount of trimming depends on the type of tree and how close it is to electrical lines. For example, a fast-growing tree like a silver maple may be cut back more often than a slow-growing tree. Around high-voltage lines, clearance is approximately 10-12 feet for a fast-growing tree and 5-7 feet for a slow-growing tree. Where public space is interfered with, such as sidewalks, streets, intersection visibility, and street illumination, trimming may range from 10-14 feet of clearance.

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1. Why does the city and/or utility trim trees?
2. How often are trees trimmed?
3. What technique is used to trim trees?
4. Can city crews go on my private property?
5. How far are trees cut back?
6. Will a tree on my property be removed without my permission?
7. What if my trees are growing into power lines?
8. Can I have the wood chips?