LINCOLN – For the 12th year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation is recognizing Lincoln Electric System with its Tree Line USA designation, an acknowledgement for the utility’s diligent work in protecting urban forests in its service area.
Tree Line USA is a joint program developed by Nebraska’s Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. According to the foundation, the program “exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
To merit recognition, utilities must meet the program’s five core standards of quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education, a tree-based energy conservation program and an Arbor Day celebration.
LES has met those benchmarks and been honored as a Tree Line USA utility each year since 2006.
“We’re proud to be a Tree Line USA utility for the 12th straight year and we aim to put in the work necessary to earn the honor again next year,” said Dan Pudenz, LES vice president of energy delivery. “Our outstanding reliability is due in large part to our efforts in tree trimming. We protect our 300 miles of transmission lines and 650 miles of distribution lines by proactively and responsibly managing the vegetation that could interrupt power or impede our access while following arborists’ best practices.”
Through its Vegetation Management Program, LES achieves its goals of delivering safe and dependable power and helping keep its community’s trees healthy. The program guides customers in planting the right trees in the right places, as well as how LES prunes trees for safety and reliability. Contracted arborists prune tree branches — the leading cause of Lincoln power outages in 2016 — to keep them away from power lines.
Tree trimming is just one of the ways LES stays mindful of its environmental impacts and strengthens the community.
“(LES’) commitment to proper tree-care practice benefits your customers in numerous ways, including providing cleaner air and water, increasing property values and improving quality-of-life,” said Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe in a letter to LES. “Trees also conserve energy and reduce peak demand, a crucial benefit to customers and providers alike.”
Learn more about the LES Vegetation Management Program on LES.com.