NPPD, South Sioux City join together for tree planting

April 14, 2014

South Sioux City, Neb. – Arbor Day will be observed in South Sioux City on Thursday, April 24, when the city and Nebraska Public Power District join together for a special community event that will include planting of trees in the area hard hit by flooding in 2011.

Fourth grade students from South Sioux City’s Harney Elementary School will help plant trees at the South Sioux City soccer fields, beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a welcome by Councilman Rod Koch, safety and educational activities with the participating students, plus the tree planting. Students will also be put on skits, read poetry, and sing songs related to Arbor Day.

A representative of the Nebraska Forestry Service will participate and students and event participants will be given information on tree and vegetation planting around power lines.

South Sioux City was chosen for the NPPD-sponsored event because of the destruction the city’s soccer fields suffered in 2011, during flooding along the Missouri River. NPPD is donating approximately 12 trees for planting around the soccer fields.

“The opportunity to plant new trees at the soccer fields and recognizing Arbor Day is a positive for the South Sioux City community,” said City Manager of South Sioux City Lance Hedquist. “We appreciate the involvement of the elementary students for helping to plant the trees and NPPD for supporting this effort”.

“The Arbor Day event is a great opportunity to show NPPD’s support for the community of South Sioux City,” said NPPD’s Distribution Superintendent Doug Klug. “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.

NPPD was recently recognized by Tree Line USA for the ninth 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. 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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