Snohomish PUD receives Tree Line USA award

PUD Commissioner Rebecca Wolfe, kneeling at left, is joined by PUD arborists and employees to celebrate the PUD’s 19th year receiving the Tree Line USA Award.

The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Snohomish County PUD with its annual Tree Line USA award, recognizing the utility’s ongoing commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care across its 2,200-square-mile service territory. This is the 19th award for the PUD.

The award was presented to the PUD during a celebration of Washington State Arbor Day at Everett’s Wiggums Hollow Park April 13. PUD Commissioner Rebecca Wolfe and Everett City Councilmembers Paula Rhyne and Liz Vogelli were joined at the event by students from Hawthorne Elementary. Seven maples and a cedar tree were planted at the celebration.

“This award reflects our commitment to being an industry leader in environmental stewardship,” said Guy Payne, PUD assistant general manager of distribution and engineering services. “Our vegetation management team prides itself on delivering proper tree care, sponsoring tree planting, public education, maintaining a tree-based energy conservation program, and proudly supporting Arbor Day efforts in our local communities.”

Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The annual 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.


  1. Participating in these annual Arbor Day events has been a special joy for me as a SnoPUD Commissioner.
    A few years ago, I served on the Tree Board of the City of Edmonds and have volunteered at our Marsh’s Demo Garden on Willow Creek.

    I urge all members of the public to join our public workshop on April 26 to educate and inform the public about SnoPUD’s current engagement on the breaching of the four Lower Snake River dams. The link to the Zoom virtual workshop will be accessible on the website on a day or two prior to the workshop. The public can expect to learn a lot and listen to the questions from the commissioners but will not be able to participate in the discussion during the two-hour meeting. We will meet from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26. Hope to see you all at that time.

    As always please feel free to contact me about any SnoPUD business or issues that you’d like to discuss. The public is encouraged to join our virtual Commission meetings on every other Tuesday: May 3 & 17, June 7 & 21, July 5 and 19, August 2 & 16, September 6 & 20, October 3 & 18, November 1 & 15, and December 6 and 20. Put these dates on your calendar and join us virtually or, perhaps, in person sometime in the future. Thank you!!
    (My contact phone is 425-750-4091.)

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