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For immediate release
November 24, 2003
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Patti Bogan, 762-4736

Chugach awarded Tree Line USA Certification

Chugach Electric Association received certification as a Tree Line USA Utility for the fifth year in a row. John See, from the State Division of Urban and Community Forestry, presented the national certification at Chugach's Nov. 19 Board of Directors meeting.

The certification is a National Arbor Day Foundation program that recognizes outstanding right of way and vegetation management practices, and community involvement in tree planting practices around power lines. The National Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 to help people plant and care for trees.

The certification process also includes providing quality tree care, conducting annual worker training and public education. Chugach has a comprehensive program to professionally manage vegetation in its rights of way. Chugach's program is overseen by a certified arborist on staff.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska. Chugach serves retail consumers at nearly 75,000 metered locations from Anchorage to the northern Kenai Peninsula, and from Whittier to Tyonek. Chugach provides power to residents from Homer to Fairbanks through wholesale and economy energy sales to other utilities throughout the Railbelt.