Right-of-Way Spraying Information Click Here - Land with Transmission line and poles

Northeast Power's goal is to provide safe, affordable, reliable electricity and value-added services to our Member-Distribution Cooperatives. To do this, we need to properly maintain our right-of-way. We understand the concern that sometimes occurs when trees need to be trimmed or removed along power line corridors. However, with some forethought and good information, we can avoid any conflicts and turn your concerns into win-win situations. Members can plant and maintain landscape trees or shrubs as ornamentals or buffers in manicured areas of yards which overlap with our right-of-way, with prior vegetation department approval by contacting us at 573-769-2107. Northeast Power can then provide more reliable service while increasing public and worker safety as partners on a landscape team. We've provided a link below that will help you decide on the yard tree that will meet both our needs. 

Right-of-Way Maintenance Procedures

Northeast Power strives to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service to its Member-Distribution Cooperatives. In order to provide quality service, tall growing vegetation within the right-of-way must be controlled. Northeast Power has adopted a proactive integrated vegetation management style which employs different types of control practices. These methods include mechanical cutting and chemical controls applied in a manner which minimizes disturbance to properties adjoining the right-of-way and affords the highest benefit for the integrity of the transmission system while being cost effective for the members.

Mechanical Cutting and Trimming

    Equipment clearing brushEquipment removing TreeRight-of-Way after clearing of brush and trees with transmission pole

When the trees and brush within and along the transmission right-of-way corridor endanger the line or limit access to the line structures, they are controlled using mechanical means. The right-of-way must be kept clear to allow access for maintenance or repairs of the poles and wire. Mowing, trimming and hand cutting are effective methods of control.

    Overgrown vegetation on right-of-wayAdditional equipment clearing brush from right-of-wayRight-of-Way after clearing of brush and trees with transmission pole

Northeast Power limits costly mechanical cutting and mowing by using integrated vegetation management methods.

Chemical Control Methods

    Employee applying herbicide to vegetation along right-of-way

Foliar Herbicide Application

Northeast Power uses best management practices to control the growth of undesired vegetation along transmission line right-of-way. This is American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) A-300 recommended approach to ensure safe, affordable and reliable electricy to all members. An integral part of this standard is the use of herbicide applications. Advanced chemical research has led to new techniques and reduced chemical use rates, which eliminates undesired species of vegetation from the right-of-way in a highly cost effective manner. As a result of this practice, desired vegetation remains intact to reduce erosion, help improve the overall beauty of the right-of-way and provide cover for wildlife. Pollinators are also attracted to wild flowers that grow without competition from brush species. Use of selective herbicides allows the grass and low growing plants to flourish along the right-of-way and provides control of woody, tall growing species. Using a targeted application method, such as cut stump treatment, dormant stem treatment and low volume foliar applications, exposure to surrounding vegetation is limited. All herbicides are applied by certified applicators who have been trained in proper application methods. Proper application is the key to achieving the desired results of long lasting and cost effective vegetation management. Northeast Power uses several different herbicides combined with various application methods to achieve the best control results. These herbicides, their manufacturer and a link to product labels are listed below:

DuPont - Method 240 SL

DuPont - Escort XP

BASF - Arsenal Powerline

BASF - Stalker

Dow Agro - Garlon 4 Ultra Specialty Herbicide

Dow Agro - Milestone VM Specialty Herbicide

Dow Agro - Tordon 22K Specialty Herbicide

Northeast Power's vegetation management team continually explores new technology, new herbicide formulations and application techniques to enhance our vegetation control program. Our goals is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to our Member-Distribution Cooperatives in Missouri and Iowa. We appreciate and encourage input on ways to improve our vegetation management practices.

Herbicide applied to vegetationRight-of-way with well maintained vegetationWorkers applying herbicide to vegetation


Trees and the Right-of-Way

TreeTrees are very important to the value of your home, the environment and our health, but the wrong tree in the wrong place can be costly for you and for Northeast Power. Trees filter the air, cut down on soil erosion, help cut heating and cooling costs and beautify the neighborhood we live in. We also like to have reliable electric service. Reliable electric service is an integral part of our daily lives. When trees contact power lines, the flow of electricity is interrupted and the lights blink. Northeast Power strives to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service for its Member-Distribution Cooperatives and their members. To achieve these goals, we must manage trees near power lines. Annual trimming is very cost prohibitive and dangerous. Northeast Power would rather spend money on improving the services offered instead of tree maintenance. Let's work together to keep the power on and the trees beautiful and away from the power lines. Trees outside of yards are not allowed on the right-of-way. All tree plantings on the right-of-way easement must have approval from the vegetation department prior to installation. If you have any questions about the wire zones, planting locations, tree species listed or any other tree questions, please contact the Vegetation Department of Northeast Power at 573-769-2107. Northeast Power also provides this information in PDF format for downloading / printing.

Tree Information and Planting Guidelines

Grain Bin Notices

grain bin with a circle around transmission lines that are too close to the grain bin.When you begin planning for a new grain bin, please contact your electric cooperative. Northeast Power may have transmission lines crossing your property in the vicinity of your proposed bin. Northeast Power will provide assistance in planning for a safe environment for everyone working and living around grain bins. The clearances are required by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C2-2012 "National Electrical Safety Code," Rule 234f.


If you have any questions concerning the drawing, please contact Northeast Power's office at 573-769-2107 or your local Rural Electric Cooperative.


Clearance Envelope for Grain Bins Filled by Portable Augers, Conveyors, or Elevators


Diagram of proper grain bin clearances