What is a hazard tree?

Hazard trees are trees with severe defects, which may cause the tree or part of the tree, to fail and damage our equipment, such as a high-voltage power line. Examples include:

  • Dead Trees
  • Decayed trunks or root systems
  • Severely leaning or overhanging trees
  • Trees with high potential to fall into a line due to snow load

GVEA has certified tree-risk assessors who can evaluate hazardous trees to determine if there’s potential danger. If it is determined that a tree poses an unacceptable risk to our equipment, we may remove it.

Please note: Due to limited resources, we do not remove trees that are not in danger of damaging our equipment. If you are clearing around your service drop and suspect you may fall a tree into the power line, we recommend you hire a contractor.

To report a tree you suspect may be a hazard tree, phone our operations office at (907) 451-5692.

Never attempt to trim or remove hazard trees yourself. The result could be damage to GVEA’s facilities and you will be held responsible for any repairs. Worse, you could be injured or killed. When in doubt, please call (907) 451-5692.

Never touch a tree in contact with a power line. Trees do conduct electricity and can cause serious injury or death.

For more information on hazard trees, visit our Hazard Trees page.