Essential Energy will this week start slashing back some of Tamworth's trees in order to protect the local electricity grid.
Weather permitting contractors will start work in Moonbi and Kootingal to implement the next stage of the company's vegetation management program.
Local operations manager Mark Summers said the vegetation program was about striking a balance between preserving the town's trees and ensuring power safety and reliability for the community.
"A safe and reliable electricity network is a priority for Essential Energy and the management of vegetation in and around powerlines plays a crucial role in safeguarding power supplies," he said.
Essential Energy contractors use directional pruning techniques that encourage re-growth away from the power network.
While this can affect visual amenity, these techniques are considered best practice throughout the arboriculture industry and are used by most power companies in Australia.
Mr Summers said trees and overhead powerlines can make a dangerous combination.
"Trees coming into contact with overhead powerlines pose serious hazards to people, wildlife and the surrounding environment, with potential for bushfires, damage to property, injury and unplanned power outages," he said.
Residents can download Essential Energy's tree planting guide at essentialenergy.com.au/trees for helpful tips on appropriate species for planting near powerlines or contact 13 23 91 for more information.
The vegetation management program will move into Bendemeer in early June and East Tamworth at the beginning of July.