We're committed to providing safe and reliable service to our customers while taking a responsible approach to protecting and restoring the natural environment.
When we need to remove tall growing species under power lines and hazardous trees that could fall, we balance that effort with a mitigation program. Partnering with local, state and federal agencies, we identify potential mitigation sites that are currently degraded. Our goal is to convert these critical areas into thriving ecosystems.
Planting tree and shrub species native to Western Washington provides shade for salmon habitat, perches for birds, woody debris for amphibians and foraging material for mammals.
At a mitigation site on private property, we removed over 200 at-risk trees and installed over 500 new plants.
On the edge of a wetland buffer, we planted Western red cedar, Sitka spruce, Oregon ash, black hawthorne, snowberry, Pacific ninebark, Nootka rose and red flowering current. We also caged the plants to protect them from a den of coyote mother and pups who had made their home in the adjacent forest.