McCook, Neb. – This Wednesday, April 22, the City of McCook, Nebraska Public Power District, and McCook third grade students will come together to plant trees at Felling Field. The event is hosted by NPPD in celebration of Arbor Day.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, students from McCook Elementary and St. Patrick Elementary School will assist in planting trees, as well as learn the importance of trees and how to be safe around them. Besides helping to plant trees, students will participate by providing music and skits related to Arbor Day. The event is open to the public and will feature a welcome by Mayor of McCook Mike Gonzales.
Rachel Allison, District Forester with the Nebraska Forestry Service, will provide students with information about proper tree planting tips, as well as information on tree and vegetation planting around power lines.
McCook was chosen for the event to plant trees needed at the ball field. Four trees are being donated by NPPD to be planted at Felling Field. “Planting trees at the field, and recognizing Arbor Day, is a positive for the McCook community,” said Mayor Gonzales.” “We appreciate the involvement of the elementary students, as well as NPPD’s help in organizing this effort.”
“Hosting the annual Arbor Day event is a great opportunity to show NPPD’s support for the community of McCook,” said NPPD Account Manager Stan Clouse. “It is a great way to teach customers and school children about NPPD’s vegetation management practices and promote electrical safety and education on the hazards of planting trees near overhead power lines and other electric facilities.”
NPPD is a member in good standing of the Tree Line USA program, which recognizes electric utilities that demonstrate practices which protect and enhance America’s rural and urban trees. NPPD’s membership in the Tree Line USA program, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, provides an avenue to help promote the safety and reliability of power lines through public education programs about the proper planting of trees and vegetation.
NPPD was recently recognized by Tree Line USA for the 10th consecutive year for meeting the organization’s standards including training employees in quality tree care and educating the public on tree planting for energy conservation and appropriate planting near tree lines.
NPPD has been recognized over the years for its professional arboriculture practices along power lines. The utility maintains vegetation on more than 5,000 miles of transmission and sub-transmission lines across the state to ensure a reliable electric system. This program protects the public safety for customers, remains compliant with federal regulations, and minimizes the cost of future maintenance. NPPD follows proper tree-trimming guidelines set by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Utility Arborists Association, International Society of Arboriculture, and the Tree Care Industry Association.