Arbor Day coming early to Kearney

April 26, 2016

City, NPPD, students will plant trees at Horizon Middle School

Kearney, Neb. – Arbor Day is going to come about 24 hours early in Kearney.

While Arbor Day is observed this Friday, the City of Kearney, Nebraska Public Power District, along with elementary and middle school students will be involved in an Arbor Day event this Thursday, April 28 at Horizon Middle School.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, students from Park Elementary School and Horizon Middle School will assist in planting trees, as well as learning the importance of trees and how to be safe around them. Besides helping to plant trees, students will participate by providing posters and skits related to Arbor Day. The event will be open to the public with a welcome from Kearney city officials.

Alan Roesler, City of Kearney Forester, and Scott DeWald, 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.

Kearney was chosen for the 2016 event to plant trees needed at the Horizon Middle School. Four trees are being donated by NPPD to be planted at the school. “Planting trees at the school, and recognizing Arbor Day, is a positive partnership for the Kearney community,” said Roesler. “We appreciate the involvement of all the students participating, as well as NPPD’s help in organizing this event.”

“Hosting the annual Arbor Day event is a great opportunity to show NPPD’s support for the Kearney community,” said NPPD Account Manager Stan Clouse. “It is a great way to explain and teach customers and school children about NPPD’s vegetation management practices and promote electrical safety and education of 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 11th 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 power 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.

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