City of Independence, Missouri

Independence recognized for continued commitment to arboriculture

For the 20th consecutive year, the City of Independence Power & Light Department has been recognized for its commitment to utility arboriculture when it was named to the 2018 Tree Line USA.

Tree Line USA, a partnership between Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America's urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.

“We’re very proud to again be recognized with this important award that highlights our work striking a balance between service reliability and maintaining the beauty of the community we serve,” City of Independence Power & Light Tree Superintendent Andrew Dodson said. “Our contractor works hard to learn and use proper tree care practices to trim and maintain trees near our facilities, and maintain the integrity of our urban forest.”

"Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States," Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe said. "Service providers like City of Independence Power & Light demonstrate that it's possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens."

City of Independence Power & Light achieved Tree Line USA by meeting five program standards: provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsor a tree-planting and public education program; maintain a tree-based energy conservation program; and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.

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