Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding NSTAR's maintenance along rights of way.
Why does NSTAR need to clear trees and other vegetation along the right of way?
Transmission line clearance from trees is essential for the reliable, safe transmission of electricity. Maintaining our rights of way also enables our crews and vehicles to access areas when we maintain or repair transmission towers or lines.
It is important to note that NSTAR is taking proactive measures and complying with company standards in removing incompatible trees or wooded vegetation in these areas. Typically, this includes trees with a mature height greater than 15 feet.
What should I expect to see happening during this work?
You will see some forestry machinery like harvesters, diggers and bucket trucks. Licensed, experienced contractors will also be working in the area.
NSTAR Certified Arborists will also be supervising work periodically. Different vegetation may be removed at different times. For example, an initial stage may include cutting trees and shrubs along a portion of the corridor. A few days later crews may return to remove this vegetation, if necessary.
What time will this work be occurring?
Typically our crews work normal daytime hours.
Will these crews be removing trees from property with an NSTAR easement?
Only if these trees are in the border or wire zones. NSTAR relies upon its legal rights of way when conducting vegetation management activities.
In most cases, the rights are set forth in an easement applicable to the property. NSTAR will reach out to property owners who have easements to provide them with more information.
If I have a concern, who should I call?
Customers are encouraged to call NSTAR at 800-592-2000.