Rural Electric Cooperative has over 3,000 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.
Rural Electric Cooperative’s annual tree giveaway for its members will be held Saturday, February 10 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. Each member will each receive up to ten trees.
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 Town of Rush Springs City Hall/Police Department in Rush Springs, located at 301 W. Blakely Street; the parking lot of Don Javier's Restaurant and Cantina 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 Shortleaf Pine and Shumard and Pin Oak.
Shortleaf Pines are one of the most widely distributed southern yellow pine trees. It is a large tree with a broad, open crown. The needles are in bunches of three and are three to five inches long. Shortleaf pines grow on average to be 50 to 100 feet tall and are the hardiest and most adaptable of the southern pines.
Shumard Oak is a pyramidal tree which grows to 50 to 90 feet tall. This oak variety will become more open at maturity. The leaves are up to seven inches long with two to four pairs of pointed lobes. During the fall the leaves will change to a scarlet color. Shumard Oaks are a relatively fast, growing tree and are drought resistant. Shumard Oaks are great shade trees and will produce acorns.
Pin Oaks have a distinctive branching pattern compared to other oaks. This oak is another fast-growing tree and offers dense shade and is tolerant to many soil conditions. Pin Oaks will produce acorns and grow to be 60 to 70 feet tall.
The Cooperative requests members not to plant trees any closer than 30 feet of the electric power lines. This will allow the trees to mature without requiring trimming or removal in the future.
Members should contact our office at 405-756-3104 ext. 238 for additional information.