Appalachian Power maintains more than 26,000 miles of overhead distribution lines in Virginia. Our maintenance program is developed on a yearly basis using current vegetation conditions and outage history data to focus our resources where the need is greatest. Before tree crews enter an area, an Appalachian Power forester or other representative will review the conditions to determine the work to be done. He or she looks for trees growing directly under power lines, overhanging branches, hazardous trees, or other hazardous issues. Overall, our goal is to provide safe and reliable electric service. It is not our responsibility to protect private or public property from falling trees or limbs.