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NIPSCO Rewarded for Tree Care

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Merrillville-based Northwest Indiana Public Service Company, or NIPSCO, is one of five companies who received awards from Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources.

From Indiana’s DNR Friday, 4/19/13:

Five utilities in Indiana have been honored for outstanding management of urban forests within their service areas by being named Tree Line USA utilities by the DNR Division of Forestry’s Community & Urban Forestry program.

The honorees are Alliant Energy, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO), Mishawaka Utilities-Electric Division, Indianapolis Power & Light and Vectren Energy Delivery.

Tree Line USA was established in 1994. The program seeks to promote best practices in utility arboriculture and public education through five core standards:
—Quality Tree Care: The utility follows industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, and trenching and tunneling near trees.
—Annual Worker Training: The utility ensures that its employees and contract workers are trained in best practices.
—Tree Planting and Public Education: The utility sponsors and participates in a tree planting and public education program designed to expand canopy and educate customers about proper tree planting, placement and pruning.
—Tree-based Energy Conservation Program: The utility has a formal tree-based energy conservation program that makes special consideration of the value of trees in conserving energy.
—Arbor Day Celebration: The utility sponsors or participates in annual Arbor Day events, and collaborates with community groups, where possible.

Nationwide, there are 147 Tree Line USA utilities serving more than 81 million people.

For more information on urban forestry and Tree Line USA, contact DNR Forestry’s C&UF office at (317) 234-6568 or urbanforestry@dnr.IN.gov.


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