The North Dakota Public Service Commission has a requirement for tree and shrub replacement when a utility builds infrastructure.
It’s 2 to 1 – for every tree or shrub dug out, the company has to plant two.
When Basin Electric Power Cooperative built a high voltage power line in Mercer, Dunn, McKenzie and Williams Counties, it removed about 17,500 trees and shurbs.
Commissioner Julie Fedorchak saids that means the company had to plant nearly 35,000 trees and shrubs. She says the company worked with landowners along the route.