City of Palo Alto Utilities Named 2016 Tree Line USA by Arbor Day Foundation

Award highlights best practices for utility and vegetation management.

City of Palo Alto Utilities Named 2016 Tree Line USA by Arbor Day Foundation

For the second year in a row, the City of Palo Alto Utilities has been recognized with the
Tree Line USA award by the National Arbor Day FoundationTree Line USA recognizes the Utility for demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for community and citizen benefits by exceeding the five core standards criteria:


1.       Quality Tree Care ensures that industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, trenching, and tunneling near trees are consistently followed.

2.       Annual Worker Training for Utility employees and contract workers.

3.       Tree Planting and Public Education programs are available to the public and paying customers, demonstrating proper tree planting, placement, and pruning, while expanding the tree canopy in the community.

4.       A Tree-Based Energy Conservation Program places special consideration on the value of trees in conserving energy.

5.       Arbor Day Celebration events are sponsored or participated in annually, including collaboration with community groups.

“We greatly appreciate receiving this recognition of Tree Line USA. Our City takes pride in delivering safe and reliable utility services, with an eye on continually enhancing the quality of life for our customers,” said Ed Shikada, Assistant City Manager and interim Utilities Director for the City of Palo Alto. “Palo Alto’s urban forest is an integral part of the City’s green infrastructure, offering many environmental, cultural, social and aesthetic benefits for our community.”

Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The award recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America’s urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.

“It is notable that the City of Palo Alto is among an elite group of communities that are recognized as a Tree City USA, with a Tree Line USA Utility, and also a Tree Campus USA with Stanford,” said Walter Passmore, Urban Forester for the City of Palo Alto. “This trio of honors is a testimony to the importance of trees in Palo Alto, as well as the collaborative management that exists among City staff.”

More information about Tree Line USA can be found at

Read more about the City of Palo Alto's Urban Forestry program at

Last Updated: March 17, 2016