DAYTON – Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, is offering residential customers, neighborhoods and Tree City USA communities an opportunity to plant beautiful and utility-friendly trees through DP&L’s Right Tree Right Place program, which kicked off its fall campaign Sept. 23.
The Right Tree Right Place program encourages DP&L customers to consider the impact on the safety and reliability of electric service when making decisions regarding tree selection and placement. Planting smart with the utilities in mind prevents potential problems that could result in outages.
DP&L is giving away 150 utility-friendly trees through its participating partner nurseries – Angle’s Nursery (Bellefontaine), Knollwood Garden Center and Landscaping, North Dayton Garden Center, Siebenthaler’s Garden Centers (Beavercreek and Centerville) and Stockslager’s Greenhouse and Garden Center.
“Dayton Power & Light is excited to work alongside our customers to enrich the beauty of our communities while ensuring the safety and reliability of your electric service,” said DP&L President and CEO Tom Raga.
DP&L is also offering neighborhoods and groups of small businesses an opportunity to plant ornamental cherry trees through a partnership with the Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project, an effort to thank Ohio for providing aid to Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The deadline for neighborhoods to enter is Oct. 9.
Additionally, DP&L is offering two community environmental grants (each totaling $50,000) for Tree City USA communities to plant trees and enhance city parks or public areas. The deadline for applying for the community grants is Jan. 31, 2016, and the winners will be announced on Arbor Day 2016.
“I know Urbana is a 10-plus year Tree City USA member, so this is a good opportunity for the city,” said Ben Vollrath, a DP&L customer business manager. “The grant will be for buying and planting new trees, environmental improvements around town, and other park area upgrades. The city has already expressed interest in applying for this (grant).”
For more information and applications for communities and neighborhood, visit www.dpandl.com/righttree.