The Arbor Day Foundation has opened applications for utilities to be recognized for their commitment to safe and reliable electric service by demonstrating best practices in public and private utility arboriculture.
Last year, almost 150 utilities across the U.S. attained the foundation’s Tree Line USA status.
The foundation, which is based in Nebraska, said that Tree Line USA utilities benefit from lower line clearance costs from proper pruning, lower peak energy demand and more public exposure by meeting Tree Line USA requirements.
To receive Tree Line USA recognition, eligible utilities must meet the following core standards:
- Perform quality tree care
- Report annual worker training
- Conduct yearly tree planting and public education opportunities
- Have a tree-based energy conservation program
- Hold an Arbor Day celebration
Recognized utilities will receive a plaque, emblem, decals and other promotional materials to increase public exposure of their Tree Line USA recognition.
For more information about the Tree City USA program or to apply, visit www.arborday.org/TreeLineUSA.
Applications are available through the end of the year depending on the state.