Tree Education Programs

Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative (WWCEC) has celebrated Arbor Day by completing tree planting demonstrations for students at some of the local grade schools within our service territory. We supply the students with handouts and demonstrate proper planting techniques.

WWCEC is dedicated to the proper pruning guidelines set forth in the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. WWCEC has been recognized by the National Arbor day Foundation’s Tree Line USA awards program. We received the award for several consecutive years.

WWCEC also provides information brochures from the International Society of Arboriculture. These brochures are available at the annual meeting of the Cooperative, and also at the Fairfield office. They can also be mailed to you upon request. The brochures cover such topics as:

  • Benefits of Trees
  • Tree Values
  • Pruning Young Trees
  • Pruning Mature Trees
  • Why Topping Hurts Trees
  • Trees and Turf
  • Plant Health Care
  • Insect and Disease Problems
  • Avoiding Tree and Utility Conflicts
  • Avoiding Tree Damage During Construction
  • Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction
  • Buying High-Quality Trees
  • Tree Selection
  • New Tree Planting
  • Proper Mulching Techniques
  • Mature Tree Care
  • What is a Certified Arborist?
  • Why Do I Need a Certified Arborist?

Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place

proper place to plant trees diagram

Plant Taller trees away from overhead utility lines.

Tall Trees include

  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Spruce
  • Pine

Medium Trees include

  • Washington Hawthorne
  • Goldenraintree

Small Trees include

  • Redbud
  • Dogwood
  • Crabapple

Why Topping Hurts Trees

Topped tree

At Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative, we do not top trees. If a tree is topped, much of the leaf-bearing crown is removed, which stresses and starves the tree. Topping triggers a sort of survival mechanism. The tree activates latent buds, forcing the rapid growth of multiple shoots below each cut. If a tree does not have the stored energy reserves to do this, it will be seriously weakened and may die. Topping also makes trees very ugly. Topping destroys the natural form of a tree, often leaving ugly stubs that look more like a cactus. If you have a problem tree near utility lines that requires professional pruning, talk to the certified arborist at Wayne-White. Our professional crews can determine what type of pruning is necessary to improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees near utility lines, without creating an ugly, unsightly topped tree that could become hazardous.

Certified Arborist LogoWayne-White has in-house crews of Certified Arborists and Utility Arborists that provide daily vegetation management along the right-of-way of our 3000+ miles of energized lines. For more information, call (618) 842-2196.