The Arbor Day Foundation has named AEP Texas a 2014 Tree Line USA utility for the 17th consecutive year in honor of its commitment to the proper tree pruning, planting and care and its service area.
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 a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive officer of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Service providers like AEP Texas show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, good for customers and good for the community."
AEP Texas achieved 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 Line USA can be found at www.arborday.org/treelineusa.