The Omaha Public Power District has earned an honorable distinction for its commitment to proper tree planting and care. The Arbor Day Foundation has named OPPD a Tree Line USA Utility for the 16th time.
Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. It recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America’s urban trees.
The criteria to be named a Tree Line USA Utility include:
- Following industry standards for quality tree care
- Providing annual worker training in best tree-care practices
- Sponsoring a tree-planting and public education program
- Maintaining a tree-based energy conservation program
- Participating in an Arbor Day celebration.
“We are honored to receive this award,” said OPPD Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer Mo Doghman.
“Strategic tree and shrub planting helps our customers reduce their energy use. And planting them a safe distance from power lines helps us maintain and improve the reliability of our electric service.”
OPPD’s educational and community outreach efforts include:
- Working with the public to demonstrate proper tree planting, placement and pruning, while expanding the tree canopy in our communities. These efforts include the operation of OPPD’s arboretum, located on the northeast corner of 108th & Blondo streets.
- Providing free tree seedlings for customers and education on where to plant them through OPPD’s annual Energy-Saving Trees Program.
- Sponsoring or participating in annual Arbor Day events within OPPD’s service territory, collaborating with community groups when possible.
- Publishing information about trees, reliability and safety on OPPD’s content marketing sites The Wire and Storm & Outage Center.
- Working year-round in cooperation with the district’s customer-owners and contractors to maintain proper clearance of electric lines. They follow industry standards for quality tree care and complete annual best-practices training.