The Arbor Day Foundation is excited to once again honor Snohomish County PUD with its annual Tree Line USA® award, applauding the utility’s ongoing commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care across its 2,200-square-mile service territory. This is the 17th award for the PUD. It comes as Washington state would traditionally mark Arbor Day tomorrow, the second Wednesday of April.
“This award not only reflects our goal to be an industry leader in environmental stewardship, it is a nice bit of news to be able to share with our employees and customers in the wake of COVID-19,” said Guy Payne, PUD Assistant General Manager of Distribution and Engineering Services. “We train our vegetation management teams in proper tree care, sponsor tree planting and public education, maintain a tree-based energy conservation program and proudly support Arbor Day efforts in our local communities. Much like safety, we make environmental responsibility a priority in everything we do.”
Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The annual award 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.
“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They provide important benefits to residents, including clean air, clean water and a tolerable climate. Service providers like Snohomish County PUD demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
To learn more about the PUD’s commitments to environmental sustainability, education, conservation and tree care, visit the website.
For specifics on the PUD’s ongoing response to COVID-19, including its Community Support Plan, click here.