The Arbor Day Foundation recently named OEC a 2018 Tree Line USA in honor of our commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care across our service area.
“This is the twelfth year straight OEC has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA utility,” said CEO Patrick Grace. “Proper vegetation management is a top priority for us — evidenced by our two certified on-staff arborists — and we will continue to maintain our rights-of-way with careful consideration to the vegetation we come in contact with.”
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 OEC demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
OEC 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.