Forestry recertified by NASF for 17th consecutive year

By Nathan Stone and Brian Skinner

Friday, April 29, 2016, is Arbor Day, which according to The Arbor Day Foundation, is “an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.”

National Grid was re-certified for the 17th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters as a “Tree Line USA” utility at the 10th annual NYS DEC Tree City USA, Tree Line USA & Tree Campus USA awards and recognition ceremony held in Albany on March 30th.  Other New York utilities that were recognized for their Tree Line re-certifications include Bath Electric, Gas & Water Systems (muni); Consolidated Edison of New York, Massena Electric Dept. (muni), Orange & Rockland Utilities and PSEG-Long Island.

The Tree Line USA recognition is testament to the five core standards upheld and practiced by the vegetation management operations teams in both our New York and New England service territories.  The standards include the utilization of quality tree care to national and industry standards, promoting annual worker training, promote individual and community tree planting and public education related to trees (“right tree-right place” principles), promote tree-based energy conservation programs and participate in or promote community Arbor Day celebrations.

The arborists and foresters of National Grid are proud of their participation in community events and programs demonstrating the Tree Line USA standards in both the New England and New York service territories.  They are dedicated to assisting the company in providing safe, reliable electric service delivery to their customers while helping communities maintain and develop vibrant urban forests that offer a wide variety of environmental, health and energy saving benefits.

National Grid is proud to be one of over 140 public, municipal, co-op and investor owned utilities in the US to have earned this distinguished award.  The men and women of the vegetation management teams (most of whom are International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists and/or utility specialists) work closely with communities to assure proper tree planting decisions and practices do not further continue the cycle of large growing trees being planted in conflict with overhead conductors.  “Right tree-right place” planting principles assure better species selections and locations for urban trees that can maximize benefits for the community and reduce pruning costs and service conflicts for the utilities and their customers.

So, on this Arbor Day, congratulations to National Grid Forestry and the men and women who continue to exemplify excellence year in and year out.

Forestry recertified by NASF for 17th consecutive year
(L to R)  Mary Kramarchyk (NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program manager), Steven Campbell (NG Eastern Div. Forestry Superintendent), Timothy Bodkin (NG NYS Forestry Manager), Brian Skinner (Senior Arborist-Central Div.), James Maloney (NG Central Div. Forestry Superintendent), Aric Dicruttalo (Capital Region Forestry Supervisor); Sally Kellogg (NYS DEC Urban Forestry Volunteer Coordinator).  Missing: Anne-Marie Moran (NG New England Forestry Manager), Eric Seaborn (NG Vegetation Management Strategy)

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