May 8, 2013
AEC recognized with “Tree Line USA” designation
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.
Arbor Day celebration
AEC sponsors and participates in annual Arbor Day events and collaborates with community groups in efforts to plant and protect trees.
The benefits of adhering to these standards are many. For utilities, it means improved reliability. Properly pruned and maintained trees with healthy root systems results in less decay and structural weakness—which translates into fewer downed lines during storms. Following the idea of “the right tree for the right place” guidance results in improved rights-of-way management. For area residents, it means reduced electricity costs through strategically planted trees that broaden the forest canopy and thus conserve energy—plus, healthy and abundant trees enhance the attractiveness of individual properties and of communities as a whole.
According to McCarter, “Some people have the mistaken idea that there’s always a conflict between power lines and trees. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Tree Line USA program recognizes the equal importance of unimpeded utility infrastructure and the benefits provided by America’s forests, woodlands, and trees in urban settings and residential neighborhoods. We’re very proud of the actions we take to make sure our members are provided with safe and reliable electric service—and we also find great reward in the steps we take to protect and promote healthy trees within our service area. This is an ongoing commitment on the part of the Cooperative. Our sights are already set on obtaining the Tree Line USA designation again next year!”
2013 Lake Clean Up
The 2013 Grainger County Lake Clean-Up has been a huge success! Over 8,000 pounds of garbage, tires and household appliances were collected. Special appreciation to the Grainger County Parks & Recreation Department and Mayor Hipsher's office, as well as the members across our service area. AEC is proud to have been a participant in the local event.
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