The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Entergy Corporation as a 2012 Tree Line USA utility for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care within the Entergy service territory.

Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes public and private utilities for their efforts to protect and enhance America’s urban trees while ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable power, according to a news release. This is the seventh year Entergy has been recognized.

“We’re pleased to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for our vegetation practices,” said Mike Vaughn, vice president of asset management, Entergy Corporation. “We devote considerable effort to educate our customers on the benefits of trees in energy conservation and the importance of proper placement of trees in order to avoid power lines.”

Tree Line USA confers the designation on utilities that meet five program standards: meeting industry standards for quality tree care; annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsorship of tree-planting and public education programs; maintenance of a tree-based energy conservation program and participation in Arbor Day celebrations.

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.