KUB tree trim panel makes final recommendations � Knoxville News Sentinel:
A panel KUB formed earlier this year to review the utility’s tree trim policy issued its final report today, recommending ways to protect powerlines, the trees growing near them and develop a policy for public education and dispute resolution.
The 27-page study that took some seven months to complete urges KUB to continue pruning trees using lateral cutting techniques, while trying to keep cutting to no more than 25 percent of the tree’s canopy.
The study also recommends using tree growth regulators, the existing tree replacement program, and qualifications for special status trees to preserve valuable urban vegetation. KUB also is advised to encouage new developments to install underground utility lines.