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With spring underway, National Grid is beginning its routine maintenance tree trimming program starting the first week of April in Newport. As part of its focus on providing safe and reliable electric service to Rhode Island customers, National Grid invests annually in trimming trees that are overgrown and have the potential to cause service interruptions.

“Our tree maintenance programs have a significant impact on reliability and have helped us to reduce tree-related power outages,” said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid, Rhode Island. “We appreciate our customers’ support of this important program.”

Prior to conducting any tree work, National Grid’s tree contractors will be reaching out to property owners. Contractors have been provided with a National Grid identification badge. Customers should ask to see the contractor’s badge prior to letting them conduct any tree trimming.

Property owners will be contacted in the following ways:

  • Door-to-Door Communication: Tree contractors will be knocking on doors to describe the needed tree trimming to property owners.
  • Door Hanger: This is the most common way property owners will be notified. The door hanger will provide the vendor contact and tree trimming information.
  • Phone: In instances where the property owner is not currently living at the address, they will be notified by phone.

National Grid’s tree contractors have been properly trained on how to work near electric wires and infrastructure. As an important safety reminder, homeowners and private tree contractors should stay at least 10 feet from electrical wires when handling any of their own tree trimming. Our maintenance schedule is designed to trim trees near National Grid’s electrical wires to ensure the continued delivery of safe and reliable service.
National Grid is working closely with the City of Newport on the tree maintenance program. If you have any questions, you can contact National Grid’s forestry department at 401-784-7326.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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