REC Recognized by Tree Line USA
June 16, 2017
For the fifteenth consecutive year, REC has been named a Tree Line USA utility by The National Arbor Day Foundation. Only 4 percent of electric utilities nationwide, and only 3 utilities in Virginia, have earned this national recognition of excellence.
"Most members know we trim trees to help keep the lights on during a storm, but we also take pride in working to sustain healthy forests through proper tree planting and pruning," said Keith Forry, REC's director of vegetation management services. "Respecting the environment remains a key goal for our team of certified arborists and professional foresters."
In 2016, REC cleared more than 1,500 miles of right of way. REC's vegetation management program trims trees in rights of way on a five-year cycle. The co-op's arborists and tree-trimming contractors prune tree branches away from electric lines to ensure a safe, reliable and consistent power supply.
In addition to clearing rights of way, Forry said, REC also visits community events throughout the co-op's service territory to educate members about planting the right tree in the right place.
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 164,000 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.