Rural Electric Cooperative has a tree giveaway set for Saturday, Feb. 16.

REC has over 2,900 miles of electric distribution lines and clearing trees is an on-going project. One of the ways REC can provide reliable, affordable electric power is through its right-of-way clearing program which includes pruning, removals and chemical control.

In addition to removing trees, REC crews also prune new growth during their daily routines.

REC’s tree giveaway program helps replace trees the Cooperative must remove from under its power lines. These trees are provided to the members as a way for the Cooperative to help replace one of our natural resources.

The annual tree giveaway for REC members will be held Saturday, February 16 beginning at 8 a.m.

Employees of REC will be in Lindsay, Elmore City, Maysville and Rush Springs to give members trees during the Cooperative’s Operation Tree Planting/Replacement Program. Members will each receive up to 10 trees.

“It is out of REC’s commitment to our members, communities and environment we make these trees available as a service,” Manager of Engineering Ed Bevers said.

“REC is, and will continue to be, a good corporate steward and we are grateful for our members’ trust.”

Employees of the Cooperative will be at the Walmart parking lot in Lindsay, located at the junction of highways 19 and 76; in front of the law office of Dan Williams in Rush Springs, located at 303 W. Blakely Street; the parking lot of Worth Every Bite in Maysville, located at 314 6th Street; and the parking area of Speedy G’s in Elmore City, located at 22964 Highway 29.

The types of trees available are Loblolly Pines and Willow Oaks.

Loblolly Pines are one of the most common pine trees. This North American native has dark green needles with narrow, red-brown pinecones about three to six inches long. These trees grow to be about 60 to 90 feet tall and have a spread of 25 to 35 feet wide once they reach maturity.

Willow Oak is an excellent large shade tree once mature. It is a fast-growing oak and can tolerate a wide range of  growing conditions.

These trees can reach heights of 40 to 60 feet with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. The Willow Oak's long, narrow leaves are light green in the spring, dark green in the summer and a yellow to russet-red in the fall.

The Cooperative requests members to not plant trees any closer than 30 feet of REC electric power lines. This will allow the trees to mature without requiring trimming or removal in the future.

Members needing additional information about REC’s Tree Program may contact REC’s Member Services Department at 756-3104 or 1-800-259-3504, extension 238.

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