REC Receives Tree Line USA Distinguished Recognition

June 20, 2014

For the twelfth consecutive year, REC has received national recognition for excellence in protecting and encouraging healthy trees while maintaining utility rights-of-way. The National Arbor Day Foundation named REC a Tree Line USA utility. Only 146 utilities nationwide, and only two in Virginia, earned recognition.

The Tree Line USA program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens. The Arbor Day Foundation collaborates with the National Association of State Foresters on this initiative.

"We are honored to receive this recognition. It is a testament to our employees' hard work and dedication in maintaining clear rights-of-way and providing excellent vegetation management," said Keith Forry, REC's director of vegetation management services. "REC shares the goals of Tree Line USA - achieving healthy forests and reliable electric service through proper planting and pruning."

Tree Line USA recognition is awarded to utilities who adhere to five core standards: quality tree care; annual worker training in best tree-care practices; participates in and sponsors a tree-planting and public education program; has a tree-based energy conservation program; and participates in an Arbor Day celebration.

REC provides electric service to over 158,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.