Tree Pruning and Removal

SDG&E’s Tree Safety Program keeps vegetation clear of power lines and certain power poles for safety and compliance with certain rules and regulations. SDG&E and tree pruning contractors work together to prune trees on an annual schedule.

The process includes:

  • Pre-inspection of vegetation near overhead power lines and certain power poles

  • Tree pruning and removal

  • Pole brushing

  • Quality assurance auditing.

SDG&E maintains a database that tracks an inventory of approximately 420,000 trees within the service territory. The entire service area is divided into 133 vegetation management areas (VMAs) and identified with a three-digit number identification.

Tree Line USA® Utility

For ten consecutive years, SDG&E has been recognized as a Tree Line USA Utility. This program recognizes public and private utilities throughout the nation that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests.

Qualification for the certification includes industry standard quality tree care, annual worker training and tree planting and public education.

Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry is the care and management of forests in a city environment. Trees are an important part of urban planning and redevelopment.

  • Provide shade from the sun by lowering air temperature through evaporating water in their leaves.

  • Can reduce the temperature in buildings in the summer.

  • Act as sound barriers and reduce noise pollution.

  • Reduce glare and control reflection for safer driving.