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Nationally Recognized Program
East Central Energy has been named a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 11 consecutive years. ECE is one of only a few cooperatives in Minnesota - and one of a couple dozen electric cooperatives throughout the United States - to be so honored.

East Central Energy receives the annual award as a result of the best practices ascribed to its vegetation management program which is managed by professional forestry staff. The Tree Line USA award honors utilities that strive to promote the dual goals of reliable utility service and healthy trees planted in the right location along America's streets and highways. Sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, the award recognizes electric, gas, water or telephone utilities that meet five standards:
  • A program of quality tree care
  • Annual worker training in proper tree practices
  • A tree planting and public education program
  • A tree-based energy conservation program
  • An Arbor Day celebration
East Central Energy is committed to recognized standards for proper pruning of trees near electric conductors. Our contractors have training programs to assure that tree workers know and follow tree care guidelines. Tree workers are supervised by International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists.

Join us for our annual Arbor Day celebration with one of the area schools. Watch for more information in our newsletter.