Friday, April 30, 2021

We Energies celebrates Arbor Day with City of Port Washington

We Energies and the City of Port Washington celebrated Arbor Day by planting a Swamp Burr Oak Hybrid tree near the shores of Lake Michigan at Coal Dock Park.

The tree was planted on land that was once part of the unloading area for coal when the Port Washington Generation Station relied on coal to produce energy. The plant now uses natural gas to help power our customers’ homes and businesses. We Energies has worked with the City of Port Washington to transform the land from industrial use into a park that the community can enjoy.

Port Washington Mayor Ted Neitzke thanked We Energies for its commitment to the community and a brighter future. “On behalf of myself and my family, we are grateful for the investment going into making the park an environmental corridor and another resource for Port Washington to enjoy,” Neitke said.

During the event, We Energies Regional Forester Paul Fliss accepted the Tree Line USA award on behalf of We Energies. This annual award recognizes We Energies’ commitment of time, education, effort and dollars spent over the past year for its tree program and promotion of the benefits of trees.

“To see this lasting legacy of trees grow and mature is another step in We Energies’ commitment to a bright, sustainable future for our customers and the communities we serve,” said Fliss.

If you’re planning on planting your own tree in celebration of Arbor Day, or if you’re doing any sort of digging in your yard, you must contact Diggers Hotline by calling 811 at least three days before you dig. This simple, free phone call will help you avoid striking underground natural gas and electrical cables, and keep you and your family safe.

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