The days of seeing trees in Tucson with a large V cut out of them to accommodate a power line are coming to an end.
The city of Tucson and Tucson Electric Power are altering their policy regarding how to handle trees growing near power lines, cutting down the taller trees and planting two shorter-growing trees instead.
Tucson’s “Utility Tree Replacement Program” follows the national practice known as “Right Tree in the Right Location.”
“We’re delighted because there was a period of time where it was kind of like, ‘Well, do you want electric or trees?’ which was not a solution to the issue," said Tucson Clean and Beautiful Executive Director Joan Lionetti, who helped craft the new program. "Our reply was ‘we don’t think they are exclusive of each other.’”
The program will plant screwbean mesquite, catclaw acacia, or kidneywood trees in place of the trees it takes down.
The program will begin in the middle of the month, and will replace 50 tall trees with 100 shorter trees in its first year.