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tay-dte-tree-trimming-programTAYLOR — DTE Energy is trimming trees around power lines in the city.

The ongoing program, announced last year, focuses mainly on areas north of Wick, between Beech Daly and Pelham roads. There is a portion south of Wick between Pine and Pardee that also is a focus.

DTE officials said two-thirds of the power outages in the city are caused by overgrowth. Trees growing too close to power lines are a safety concern. Tree trimming is a common sense solution to the issue, they said.

The company’s strategy involves contacting all residents affected by the program by mail and marking the trees clearly. Not every property in the targeted areas will be affected, officials said.

DTE has subcontracted the work to firms like Davey Tree Expert Co. and International Transmission Co.

DTE and the city warn that tree trimming around power lines is not a “do-it-yourself” project. Lines carry high voltage. Coming in contact — or near contact — with power lines can result in injury or death.

DTE officials said residents do not have to choose between beautiful trees and reliable power. An easy rule of thumb is to remember these issues when planting around power lines:

• For planting directly under to 20 feet away, plant small shrubs and trees with a maximum growth of 20 feet
• From 20 to 50 feet away, plant trees with a maximum height of 45 feet
• More than 50 feet away, trees may have more maximum height.