Appalachian Electric Cooperative has once again been designated by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Line USA” utility. This is the eighth year in a row that the Cooperative has achieved this honor.
“We don’t take this recognition lightly,” says AEC Vice President of Engineering and Operations Joe McCarter. “This designation is very meaningful to everyone here at the Co-op. Satisfying the program requirements is by no means easy. It represents many hours of education, training, and hard work to conform to utility arboriculture best practices.”
The Tree Line USA program includes five core standards:
Quality tree care
AEC follows industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, and trenching and tunneling near trees.
Annual worker training
Co-op employees and contract workers are trained in best practices.
Tree planting and public education
AEC sponsors and participates in a tree planting and public education program designed to expand the tree canopy in their service area and seeks to educate members about proper tree planting, placement, and pruning.
Tree-based energy conservation program
The Co-op formally recognizes and carefully considers the value of trees in conserving energy.