REC Earns Distinguished Tree Line USA Recognition

July 27, 2015

For the thirteenth consecutive year, REC has received national recognition for excellence from The Arbor Day Foundation. Once again, REC has been named a Tree Line USA® utility. Only 145 utilities nationwide, and only three in Virginia, earned this recognition. REC was the first utility in Virginia to earn this designation.

“REC’s vegetation management program is one part of maintaining a reliable distribution system for our members across the entire service territory,” said Keith Forry, REC’s director of vegetation management services. “We are honored to receive national recognition for our vegetation management program, as it acknowledges our ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable electric service while being a good steward for the environment."

In 2014, REC cleared over 1,500 miles of right of way. REC’s vegetation management program adheres to a five-year tree trimming cycle to ensure a safe, reliable and consistent power supply.

“The Tree Line USA recognition is a testament to our employees’ hard work and dedication in maintaining clear rights-of-way and providing excellent vegetation management,” added Forry. “REC shares the goals of Tree Line USA – achieving healthy forests and reliable electric service through proper tree pruning and 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; sponsors community tree planting and public education regarding tree-related utility issues; has a tree-based energy conservation program; and participates in an Arbor Day celebration.

REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, 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.

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Left to right, Robbie Beard, district manager of REC's Culpeper office; Kent Farmer, president and CEO of REC; Keith Forry, director of Vegetation Management Services at REC; Darlene Carpenter, chairman, REC Board of Directors; and Barbara White, urban and community forestry coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry