REC Earns Distinguished Tree Line USA Recognition

May 20, 2016

For the fourteenth consecutive year, REC has been named a Tree Line USA utility by The National Arbor Day Foundation. This national recognition of excellence has only been earned by approximately 4% of electric utilities, and only 3 in Virginia.

“We are honored to be named a Tree Line USA utility again this year. REC continues to share the goals of Tree Line USA - achieving healthy forests and reliable electric service through proper planting and pruning,” said Keith Forry, REC’s director of vegetation management services. “Our certified arborists and professional foresters use their expertise every day to balance the demands of providing safe, reliable service with being good stewards of the environment.”

In 2015, REC cleared over 1,500 miles of right of way. REC’s vegetation management program adheres to a five-year tree trimming cycle and its arborists and tree-trimming contractors trim tree branches away from electric lines to ensure a safe, reliable and consistent power supply.

“Part of our vegetation management program is participating in community events and educating our members about planting the right tree in the right place,” added Forry. “Trees add natural beauty and when strategically planted around the home, they can also help save on your electric bill.”

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 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative 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. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.