LINCOLN — For the 13th consecutive year, Lincoln Electric System has been recognized as a Tree Line USA Utility, an honor reserved for utilities that protect and preserve the urban forests in their service area.
Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Arbor Day 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 LES demonstrate that it's possible for trees and utilities to coexist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
LES achieved Tree Line USA recognition 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.
“We’re proud to once again be recognized as a Tree Line USA Utility,” said Dan Pudenz, LES vice president of energy delivery. “This recognition, which we’ve received 13 years in a row, tells us we’re staying up to date with tree-trimming best practices and taking care of the urban forests that are such a vital part of our community.”
LES will plant trees with local students at a joint Arbor Day celebration with the Arbor Day Foundation, Community Forestry Advisory Board, Lincoln City Council, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Lincoln Public Schools and Sowers Club of Lincoln 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Kooser Elementary School (7301 N 13th St.).