Four utilities in Indiana have been honored for outstanding management of urban forests within their service areas by being named Tree Line USA utilities by the DNR Division of Forestry’s Community & Urban Forestry program.
The honorees are Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), Mishawaka Utilities-Electric Division, Indianapolis Power & Light and Vectren Energy Delivery
Tree Line USA was established in 1994. The program promotes best practices in utility arboriculture and public education through five core standards:
— Quality tree care: The utility follows industry standards for pruning, planting, removing, and trenching and tunneling near trees.
— Annual worker training: The utility ensures that its employees and contract workers are trained in best practices.
— Tree planting and public education: The utility sponsors and participates in a tree planting and public education program designed to expand canopy and educate customers about proper tree planting, placement and pruning.
— Tree-based energy conservation program: The utility has a formal tree-based energy conservation program that makes special consideration of the value of trees in conserving energy.
— Arbor Day celebration: The utility sponsors and/or participates in annual Arbor Day events, and collaborates with community groups, where possible.
For more information on urban forestry and Tree Line USA, contact DNR Forestry’s Community and Urban Forestry office at (317) 234-4386 or urbanforestry@dnr.IN.gov