O&R Wins Tree-Care Honors for 15th Year

For the 15th year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. a "Tree Line USA Utility" in recognition of O&R's leadership in caring for trees while meeting service objectives.

O&R manages vegetation along 3,900 miles of primary electric distribution and 475 miles of electric transmission in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Included in the program is vegetation control for its gas transmission lines, electric substations and facilities.

O&R makes a concerted effort to meet Tree Line USA requirements by training its workers in quality tree-care practices, by hiring qualified contractors to perform tree-trimming and removal work and by helping its customers to select appropriate trees to plant near utility lines. That approach not only helps to provide beautiful trees for the future, but also long-term operational savings for the Company.

O&R's four-year distribution system tree-trimming cycle and its three-year transmission system cycle prune an estimated 225,000 trees per year and are credited with a significant decrease in tree-related electric power outages since 1991. Tree contact is the primary cause of electric service interruptions in O&R's heavily wooded service territory.

Mark Beamish, O&R's certified arborist who plays a substantial role in the development and management of the vegetation program, said, "Tree management is an integral part of keeping outages to a minimum and making storm restoration is more efficient by managing the growth and maintenance of a healthier, more storm-resistant tree stock."