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PSE&G's Distribution Network

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BPU Vegetation Regulations FAQ

Many communities in New Jersey have lower-voltage utility wires called distribution lines. They are often seen on utility poles and located alongside roadways or in easements along property lines. These distribution lines are critical to a utility's ability to deliver power.

Trees that are close to power lines must be cut back to ensure they don't cause power outages, and PSE&G does much of that work proactively. That is part of the reason why PSE&G has been named the most reliable electric utility in the nation five out of the last eight years, and the most reliable in the region every year for more than a decade.

PSE&G works on a four-year maintenance cycle, during which time trees are either trimmed or removed in order to maintain an adequate distance from power lines and to allow for regrowth until the next cycle.

We have arborists and NJ-certified tree experts on staff overseeing the work. There are many factors that determine how we cut trees, including the species, its characteristic shape and growth habit, the voltage of nearby conductors, and the type of construction in the vicinity.

  • Want to see if we have planned maintenance work in your town? Check out the schedule for the remainder of 2018. Please note that most tree trimming is planned, proactive work that ensures the reliability of our system. It is possible you may see work that hasn't been announced. This is due to an imminent issue and it is not considered planned maintenance.
  • Have questions? PSE&G's distribution network is divided into four divisions: Palisades, Metro, Central, and Southern. Each division is headed by a forester who supervises vegetative maintenance. Find your town in one of these charts, and then click on the appropriate place on the map to reveal contact information for the forester that serves your area. All other requests (power outages, meter reading, bill inquiries, etc.) should be directed to PSE&G's Customer Service Center at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
  • How and why do we prune trees? There must be sufficient clearance between trees and power lines.

Pruning Techniques on the Distribution System

In order to prevent outages, our contractors use directional pruning to train tree branches to grow away from energized conductors. Directional pruning allows for proper healing of pruning cuts without depleting the tree's natural nutritional reserves.

After trimming, trees may look similar to the images below. However, this is only a representation of how the majority of trees are trimmed. Final decisions on pruning cuts are made based on the tree species, its characteristic shape and growth habit, voltage of the conductors, and the type of nearby equipment.


Points to Remember:

  • Never attempt to trim or remove any tree next to a power line.
  • Never build tree houses in trees near power lines.
  • Never climb trees near power lines.
  • State and federal laws prohibit any person from working within 10 feet of any electric power facility without proper training and certification.

Contact Us About Distribution Tree Trimming

Find your town and the PSE&G Division it's associated with, and then click through on the appropriate area on the map. You'll find contact information for a local forester that can help answer questions.


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Municipalities of Palisades Division 

Bayonne Guttenberg Moonachie Saddle Brook
Bergenfield Hackensack New Milford Saddle River
Bogota Harrison North Arlington Secaucus
Carlstadt Hasbrouck Heights North Bergen South Hackensack
Cliffside Park Haworth Old Tappan Teaneck
Cresskill Hillsdale Oradell Tenafly
Dumont Hoboken Palisades Park Teterboro
East Newark Hohokus Paramus Union City
East Rutherford Jersey City Park Ridge Waldwick
Edgewater Kearny Ridgefield Washington Twp.
Emerson Leonia Ridgefield Park Weehawken
Englewood Little Ferry Ridgewood West New York
Englewood Cliffs Lodi River Edge Westwood
Fairview Lyndhurst River Vale Woodcliff Lake
Fort Lee Maywood Rochelle Park Wood Ridge
Glen Rock Midland Park Rutherford Wyckoff

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Municipalities of Metro Division 

Belleville Garfield Newark Totowa
Bloomfield Glen Ridge North Caldwell Verona
Caldwell Haledon North Haledon Wallington
Cedar Grove Hawthorne Nutley Wayne
Clifton Irvington Orange West Caldwell
East Orange Lincoln Park Passaic West Orange
Elmwood Park Little Falls Paterson West Paterson
Essex Falls Livingston Prospect Park  
Fair Lawn Maplewood Roseland  
Fairfield Montclair South Orange  

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Municipalities of Central Division 

Berkeley Heights Garwood Montgomery Somerville
Bound Brook Green Brook Mountainside South Bound Brook
Branchburg Highland Park New Brunswick South Brunswick
Bridgewater Hillsborough North Brunswick South Plainfield
Carteret Hillside North Plainfield South River
Clark Kenilworth Perth Amboy Springfield
Cranford Linden Piscataway Union
Dunellen Manville Plainfield Warren
East Brunswick Metuchen Rahway Watchung
Edison Middlesex Raritan Westfield
Elizabeth Millstone Roselle Winfield
Fanwood Milltown Roselle Park Woodbridge
Franklin Monroe Scotch Plains  

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Municipalities of Southern Division 

Allentown Evesham Medford Lakes Rocky Hill
Audubon Ewing Medford Twp Runnemede
Audubon Park Fieldsborough Merchantville Somerdale
Barrington Florence Monroe Southampton
Bellmawr Franklin Montgomery South Brunswick
Beverly Gloucester City Moorestown Springfield
Bordentown Gloucester Twp Mount Ephraim Travistock
Brooklawn Haddon Heights Mount Holly Trenton
Burlington City Haddon Twp Mount Laurel Upper Freehold
Burlington Twp Haddonfield National Park Voorhees
Camden Hainesport New Hanover Washington
Cherry Hill Hamilton North Hanover Westampton
Chesterfield Hillsborough Oaklyn West Windsor
Cinnaminson Hinella Borough Palmyra Westville
Collingswood Hopewell Borough Pemberton West Deptford
Cranbury Hopewell Twp Pennington Willingboro
Delanco Lawnside Pennsauken Winslow
Delran Lawrence Plainsboro Woodbury
Deptford Lower Alloways Creek Princeton Woodbury Heights
East Amwell Lumberton Princeton Borough Woodlynne
Eastampton Magnolia Princeton Twp  
East Windsor Mansfield Riverside  
Edgewater Park Maple Shade Riverton  

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