For Immediate Release
To help celebrate Earth Day, Delmarva Power plans to distribute approximately 1,400 free, white dogwood, tree seedlings this month at environmental events in Delaware and Maryland. Over the last several years, Delmarva Power has given out 92,670 seedlings at local Earth Day events.
"The tree seedlings are our gifts to the public and to Earth Day 2007," said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power. "We encourage recipients to plant and nurture the donated seedlings because healthy, mature trees can help improve air quality and prevent soil erosion. But, please be aware of the location of overhead and underground electric wires."
Trees growing into power lines can cause electric service interruptions, and digging into underground lines can result in electric shock and injury. Delmarva Power distributes white dogwood seedlings because they are an aesthetically pleasing, low-growing species that is less likely to interfere with power lines, thus helping the utility maintain electric service reliability.
Support of Earth Day is just one way in which Delmarva Power is committed to environmental stewardship. Throughout the year, Delmarva Power works in partnership with environmental and community groups on a variety of programs that benefit the environment. These programs include beach and river cleanups, wildlife habitat preservation, tree maintenance and initiatives to support the replenishment of bird and fish populations.
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Earth Day at Astra ZenecaWilmington, DelawareApril 19 _______________________________________________________________________Earth Day at the Salisbury ZooSalisbury, MarylandApril 21_______________________________________________________________________
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.