Midlands Chapter member Trish Jerman discovered that Dominion Energy’s list of suggested trees for under powerlines contained mostly nonnative and even invasive species, so she contacted them and offered our assistance to revise it with native plants. Happily, they were open to the idea.
Trish gathered a small working group to research native trees and shrubs with high wildlife value that also meet Dominion’s height restrictions.
The new list is now available online. You can learn more about Dominion’s policies on their Trees, Trimming, and Powerlines page. (The list is under “South Carolina FAQs”).
Trish and the group are now working with Santee Cooper and reaching out to electric cooperatives on their suggested plant lists.