Norfolk, Neb. – Norfolk Middle School students will celebrate Arbor Day early this year by planting several new trees at Embrace Park.
Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 26, but the Norfolk students will get a head start on the celebration by planting eight new trees April 23, donated by Nebraska Public Power District.
A short program will be held at the YMCA at 10:30 a.m. to talk about the importance of trees and how to be safe around them. Students will then make their way over to Embrace Park at 11 a.m. to plant the trees with the help of NPPD and City of Norfolk staff.
“The Arbor Day celebration is a great chance for NPPD to show support for the community of Norfolk,” says NPPD Account Manager Cathy Kathol. “In addition to donating the trees, it gives us the opportunity to educate customers and students about electrical safety and the hazards of planting trees near overhead power lines.”
Students are also getting a chance to show off their creativity and knowledge of tree safety, with student projects that will be presented during the program.
“We’re excited to host the roughly 75 students for the event, and we’re thankful that Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning will be attending and speaking at the event,” added Kathol. “NPPD maintains vegetation on more than 5,200 miles of transmission and sub-transmission lines across the state, and this is a great way to continue educating our customers about that effort.”
NPPD is a member in good standing of the Tree Line USA program which works with electric utilities to promote the proper planting, protection and enhancement of America’s urban and rural trees. NPPD's membership, 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 14th 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 follows proper tree-trimming guidelines by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Utility Arborists Association, International Society of Arboriculture and the Tree Care Industry Association.