Nelson Hydro Vegetation Management getting under way

Nelson Hydro is getting ready to start their vegetation management for 2018.

General Manager Alex Love says it's an annual program, they move to different areas on a 3 year cycle, although he says 2017 was a big growth year for trees, which may alter the schedule.

Love says they do a half million dollars worth of work every year, this year the focus is within the city of Nelson.

They trim close to power lines so they don't cause safety issues or outages.

Tree and tree related effects like windstorms blowing over trees, is the most significant cause of power outages for Nelson Hydro

He says they may need to do some work on the North Shore Service area.

The forested area has some large danger trees outside their right of way that may blow down onto a power lines, so they have to work with multiple property owners.