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Three Alaska utilities receive TREE LINE USA awards

(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Community Forestry Program is pleased to announce the recertification of three Alaskan utility providers as TREE LINE USA utilities by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The utilities are Chugach Electric Association, Golden Valley Electric Association, and Matanuska Electric Association.

The TREE LINE USA program recognizes utilities that protect and enhance community forests by practicing good arboriculture skills. To receive this recognition, utilities must 1) follow industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, and trenching and tunneling near trees, 2) have an annual worker training program, 3) sponsor and participate in a public education and tree planting program, 4) have a tree based energy conservation program, 5) sponsor and/or participate in an Arbor Day celebration.

Trees and utilities are important community infrastructure, and they must successfully coexist to keep our communities healthy and livable. Community forests help create healthy cities by reducing air and water pollution, reducing runoff and flooding, countering climate change, and supporting retail activity.

For more information about the TREE LINE USA program, contact the Community Forestry Program at 269-8466 or visit the program’s website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/treeline.htm. You can also visit the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website at http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeLineUSA.cfm.

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