CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Arbor Day Foundation has named CDE Lightband to the 2020 Tree Line USA in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area.
Tree Line USA, a partnership between the 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.
“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 CDE Lightband demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
CDE Lightband achieved Tree Line USA by meeting five program standards. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care; 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.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the 2020 Tree Line USA® for the seventh consecutive year,” said Brian Taylor, general manager of CDE Lightband. “Our dedication to vegetation management provides reliable electric and broadband services to our customers. Without the support of the Power Board and the diligent work of the right-of- way maintenance team, this program would not be possible.”
More information about Tree Line USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeLineUSA
About Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Its recent launch of the Time for Trees initiative marks an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire 5 million tree planters by 2022. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
About CDE Lightband: CDE Lightband offers electric, television, Internet and phone service to customers in the city limits of Clarksville. CDE Lightband is the municipal power provider and serves more than 70,000 metered homes and businesses with electric service and over 22,000 customers with broadband services.