The Arbor Day Foundation has named Union Power Cooperative a 2019 Tree Line USA utility in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area.
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.
Tree Line USA Facts
- There are a total of 143 Tree Line USA utilities nationwide (3.83% of all utilities)
- Out of all the utilities in the US, there are only 25 electric cooperatives certified as Tree Line USA utilities (0.67%).
- Out of 932 electric cooperatives in the US, there are only 25 certified as Tree Line USA utilities (2.68%).
- Union Power is 1 of 11 total electric cooperatives in the Tree Line USA program within the southeast.
- Union Power Cooperative remains the only Electric Cooperative Tree Line USA utility in North Carolina.
Make Lasting Memories by Planting a Tree
National Arbor Day is April 26, 2019. You could plant a tree in memory of a loved one. Why not celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or new birth by planting a tree? Trees are a lasting reminder that can benefit everyone. More information on the Arbor Day Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
More information about Tree Line USA can be found online.