NPPD, City of York join together for tree

April 23, 2013

Arbor Day event at York Dog Park

York, Neb. – Arbor Day will be celebrated in York on Thursday, April 25, when the city and Nebraska Public Power District join together for a special community event.

Students from York elementary schools will help plant 10 trees at the York Dog Park, beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature a welcome by Mayor Chuck Harris, safety and educational activities with the participating students, plus the tree planting. The public is invited to attend.

York was chosen for the NPPD-sponsored event because of the development of the new dog park, which will require removing a great deal of old brush and unhealthy tree growth. The new trees will help re-vegetate this area and demonstrate this by planting the right tree in the right place.

“The Arbor Day event is the perfect opportunity to show NPPD’s support to the community of York,” said NPPD’s Account Manager Craig Vincent. “It is a great way to teach customers about NPPD’s vegetation management practices and promote electrical safety and education on the hazards of planting 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.

“The opportunity to plant new trees at the dog park and recognizing Arbor Day is a positive for the York community,” said City of York Director of Parks and Recreation, Paula Christensen, “We appreciate the support of the elementary students for helping to plant the trees and NPPD for supporting this effort.

“It is important that NPPD maintains and operates a reliable electric system, but also continues to be a strong advocate and steward of the environment.”

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. It 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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