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Trade-a-Tree Program


A tree-canopied neighborhood is cooler in the summer. The cold winter winds also are reduced from tree coverage. Trees ultimately help conserve energy and lower home energy costs.

Trees, however, should not be planted under power lines because they can pose an electrical hazard. A tree that is in a BPUB customer’s yard and directly under a primary voltage line is eligible for replacement through the Trade-a-Tree Program. This program does not apply to trees near secondary lines.

For more information on the program, please contact Eleazar Ruiz at (956) 983-6201.

How does the program work?

A tree in a customer’s yard and directly under a primary voltage line is eligible for replacement through BPUB’s Trade-a-Tree Program. This program does not apply to trees near secondary lines. See the graphic below to see if a tree in your yard qualifies for the Trade-A-Tree Program.

TREE TRADE CLARIFICATION Graphic

BPUB, working with the city of Brownsville, will remove the existing tree interfering with the primary line, clean up the debris and provide a replacement tree approximately five (5) feet tall, placed in the customer’s yard by a representative from a nursery.

The tree must be planted the proper distance from the primary line to ensure that it will not later interfere with the line. A wide variety of trees are available as replacements through this program.

Group 1
Trees in Group 1 may be planted any place in the customer's yard. Choices in Group 1 are:

  • Brasil
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Huisache
  • Texas Persimmon, Chapote
  • Pindo Palm
  • Weeping Bottlebrush
  • Wild Olive, Anacahuita

Group 2
Trees in Group 2 must be planted at least 20 feet away from an area directly under the primary line. Choices in Group 2 are:

  • Anacua
  • Common Orchid Tree
  • Ebony
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Retama

Group 3
Trees in Group 3 must be planted at least 50 feet away from an area directly under the primary line. Choices in Group 3 are:

  • Cedar Elm
  • Honey Mesquite
  • Live Oak
  • Mexican Fan Palm
  • Soapberry

Every effort will be made to relocate rare, specimen trees, like Sabal palms, oaks, etc., that are directly under the primary power line.

If a customer chooses not to accept the Trade-a-Tree, they can donate it to the city for use in city parks or on city property.

 

The Process

Trees will be removed throughout the year and records will be kept to identify where replacement trees need to be planted. These replacement trees will be planted during the fall to increase the survival rate of the newly planted trees.

Once planted, the customer will be responsible for taking care of the tree. Customers can choose from the list of replacement trees and pick where they want the tree planted.

BPUB will coordinate getting the replacement tree installed (i.e. request for spotting of utilities, stake location of tree for nursery, etc.).

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