Riverside, Calif. – For the eleventh year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) a Tree Line USA in honor of its commitments to proper tree pruning, planting, and care throughout its service territory.
Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of the 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 John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Riverside Public Utilities show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, good for customers, and good for the community.”
RPU maintained its Tree Line USA status for the eleventh year by meeting five program standards including annual worker training in best tree practices and care, and sponsoring its annual Free Shade Tree planting education and energy conservation programs which have planted more than 130,000 shade trees in the city.
“We are proud of the Tree Line USA recognition,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. “Riverside Public Utilities has worked hard to care for all of the tree landscape citywide and it shows with this recognition.”
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