All pruning will be defined as directional pruning. Directional pruning is defined as the pruning of unwanted branches back to lateral branches or parent stems that are GROWING AWAY FROM THE FACILITY. These lateral branches should be of sufficient size to become dominant, thus discouraging the growth of sprouts.
- On Primary lines – 15’ minimum clearance from the center of a pole with a cross arm; 10’ minimum clearance from the center of a pole without a cross arm
- Primary overhang – 15’ minimum clearance above all primary wire, including established wood
- Neutral (bottom) lines– 10’ clearance from the center of the pole laterally and below the wire, yet with the focus being that all vegetation below the OEC line be cleared “ground to sky”.
- Secondary or Service wires – 5’ clearance laterally, below, and above the line. Only pruning for strain or abrasion on the wire.
- Guy wires – 5’ clearance for ALL guy wires from pole connection to anchor.