MASSENA - The Massena Electric Department has earned recognition as a Tree Line USA for their practices that protect and enhance Americas urban forests for the ninth consecutive year.
MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon was notified of the distinction by the Arbor Day Foundation in late March.
MED takes our commitment to our community and the environment seriously. This is a nice validation of how we handle our business, he said. We have to take trees down from time to time for system reliability reasons. This award recognizes that we are taking trees down in the most responsible manner possible to assure strong trees. Further, while many forms of electrical energy produced emit harmful toxins, trees actually clean the air we breathe.
Tree Line USA is achieved 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, according to an Arbor Day Foundation news release.