Lincoln, Neb. (April 12, 2012) — The Arbor Day Foundation has named Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department a 2012 Tree Line USA in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area. This is the twelfth year of recognition for Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department. 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 critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, for customers and for the broader community.” Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department achieved the 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.
More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arhorclay.org/TreeLineUSA. About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.