Plan before you plant

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It takes all of us

Every orchard is vital to the economic health of our state. We work to make sure every resource is going into improving the health of your orchard. By taking safe and effective measures, you’re playing an important role in helping your community.

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Protect your investment

Get the most from your land and operations by understanding where trees and transmission lines are incompatible and avoiding the areas when planting. Following the right steps up front can protect your investment for years to come.

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Ask for help if you need it

Reach out to us early in your orchard planning process so we can identify power line friendly planting locations near transmission lines. We'll help walk you through the steps and schedule a visit to your orchard to flag any incompatible areas.

Help us provide safe and reliable power to the 16 million Northern and Central California residents who rely on it.


Download this useful fact sheet to learn more and share with your neighbors if necessary. Call 1-800-743-5000 or email planbeforeplanting@pge.com

 

Mature Orchard Incentive Program for Transmission Lines

 

Working together to reach safe solutions

 

We work with orchard growers to maintain safe distances between trees and high-voltage power lines. To ensure that these safety clearances are maintained and to abide by federal and state laws, we created the Mature Orchard Incentive Program for Transmission Lines. Through incentives, it encourages orchard growers to remove nut-bearing trees under transmission lines.

 

Here's how it works Incentive example for a Fresno County mature almond orchard: $23,000 Land value Value per acre—appraised amount varies by county and type of orchard (trends in agriculture) + $8,680 (124 trees) Additional incentive $70 per tree removed for clean-up or stump removal—approximately an additional $7,000–$9,000 per acre = $31,680 Total orchard incentive Ranges from $27,000 to more than $35,000 per acre of trees removed

 

*This incentive offer is available for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Growers can use the incentive to replant crops that are compatible with electric transmission lines or reinvest the funds according to their needs.

 

Call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 or download the Mature Orchard Incentive Program Brochure (PDF, 8.5 MB)