Why Is Right of Way Clearing Important?

By Stein Tree
Posted on November 17, 2020

Many businesses depend on nearby infrastructure such as power lines or pipelines to keep their company and staff productive, because maintaining the integrity of this infrastructure is crucial, these businesses need right of way clearing. Right of way clearing is a service arborists provide that ensures the infrastructures businesses and residents rely on is accessible and safe from potential tree damage. Stein discusses 3 reasons that right of way clearing is a vital service.

Prevent Infrastructure Damage & Maintain Safety

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One of the most important reasons for right of way clearing is to keep the surrounding people and infrastructure safe. Some examples of scenarios where a tree is interfering with property and making the area unsafe include:

  • Branches that are too close to power lines
  • Weak trees near the sides of roads
  • Uncontrolled roots near an underground pipeline

In all of these instances, a weakened tree can cause significant damage to either people or property, due to branches falling onto and cutting power lines or trees toppling over.

Another issue is that overgrown areas attract snakes, rodents, and larger animals such as deer. Near a roadway, these animals can be hazards to drivers. For businesses that receive a lot of foot traffic, animals can carry unwanted diseases or insects that can put clients, family members, or pets at risk. Taking preventive measures by clearing these areas of unwanted or unsafe trees and brush can significantly reduce the risk of injury or damage to people and property.

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Improved Accessibility

Right of way clearing also helps keep infrastructure clear from obstacles that may interfere or obstruct travel. For example, hikers along a walking trail would have to carefully navigate a particular area where tree branches are low and close to eye-level. Another example would be trees blocking work crews and vehicles from getting to their pipelines or utilities. By clearing these critical areas of overgrown trees and branches, people can easily, safely, and quickly move to their destination, which is especially vital in commercial or industrial areas.

Practical & Aesthetic Visibility

Land clearing improves the aesthetics and visibility of a property. Customers find properties with a lot of vegetation appealing, but brush and trees that grow either in the wrong areas or appear poorly maintained can detract from the impression. Selectively clearing out weeds, brush, and trees creates more usable space for workers and makes the space more appealing and welcoming to potential customers.

Clearing out select plants and trees also makes patrolling, inspecting, and monitoring those areas or infrastructure components easier. Think of how difficult inspecting power lines would be with many branches and leaves obscuring the lines. Keeping these areas clear is necessary for workers to do their jobs properly, and by taking a proactive approach, you are keeping your business productive and reducing the likelihood of potential issues.

Contact Stein Tree for Right of Way Clearing

If you want to keep your commercial property healthy and safe for visitors and employees, contact Stein Tree Service. Our ISA certified arborists have hundreds of years of combined experience and knowledge of up-to-date safety standards and regulations. Stein has provided businesses and municipalities with right of way and maintenance services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. We work to ensure your trees are healthy, beautiful, and maintain your business’s safety. For more information on right of way clearing or our other services, contact us today.


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