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06/03/2004 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) received recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for reaching its goal of planting more than 27,500 trees, or one for every customer it serves, via its annual Tree Giveaway. APPA is the national service organization representing more than 2,000 community-and state-owned electric utilities that provide electricity to 43 million Americans.

APPA launched TREE POWER, a nationwide effort to encourage ongoing, sustained tree planting by public power systems, and more than 217 participants have now planted millions of trees. The Golden Tree Award recognizes those participating utilities that reach the threshold of planting one-tree-per-customer.

KEYS’s annual Tree Giveaway program is a part of APPA’s national award-winning TREE POWER effort.

“KEYS staff has worked extremely hard over the past ten years to reach this tremendous goal, and I could not be prouder of their commitment over the years toward our annual Tree Giveaway and the national TREE POWER program,” said Carl Jansen, KEYS General Manager & CEO.

KEYS hosts its giveaway in the spring at their Service Building in Key West and at their Cudjoe Key Diesel Site on Blimp Road, Cudjoe Key. The giveaway is on a first-come, first-serve basis for all KEYS customers, who have their choice of two free shade trees each. Customers can choose from over 14 different tree species, including Gumbo Limbo, Mahogany, and Seagrape, ranging from 15 to 60 feet at mature height.

In addition to beautifying the community, KEYS recognizes the additional benefits of planting trees:
- Tree are a natural air filter, removing dust and “greenhouse” gases such as carbon dioxide, while adding oxygen.

- Properly planted trees provide shade and windbreaks that can save you money on your energy bill.

- A tree’s root system can help prevent damaging soil erosion from rain and wind.

- Trees provide new wildlife habitats.

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