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 19th year.
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
“OPPD and other utilities have a vested interest in trees,” said OPPD Vice President-Energy Delivery Troy Via. “Planting the right trees and shrubs in the right locations helps us keep reliable energy flowing to our customers.”
Via urges customers to consider the height trees and shrubs will reach at full maturity before planting, so they don’t plant something that will eventually grow into or interfere with power lines.
In addition to helping ensure trees are a safe distance from power lines, proper planting also benefits OPPD’s customers through energy savings. “Trees can provide wind breaks during the cold winter months and shade during the hottest months,” Via said.
The OPPD Arboretum, located on the northeast corner of 108th & Blondo streets, helps educate customers about proper planting and more. It’s open to the public from dawn until dusk, with a variety of resources for all ages. Visit oppd.com/trees to learn more about OPPD’s forestry work. To learn more about Tree Line USA, visit www.arborday.org/treelineusa.