The Arbor Day Foundation has named Union Power Cooperative a 2019 Tree Line USA utility in recognition of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care. This is the 14th consecutive year the co-op has earned the distinction.
Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America’s urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.
“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Union Power Cooperative demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
Union Power Cooperative achieved Tree Line USA by meeting five program standards. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care, provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices, sponsor a tree-planting and public education program, maintain a tree-based energy conservation program and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.