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Middle Tennessee Electric named Tree Line USA by Arbor Day Foundation

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Middle Tennessee Electric is the largest electric cooperative in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region and the second largest in the United States, serving more than 600,000 Tennesseans via 310,000-plus accounts covering nearly 2,200 square miles in 11 Middle Tennessee counties, primarily Rutherford, Cannon, Williamson and Wilson.

Tree Line USA

Tree Line USA is a national program recognizing public and private utilities for practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests.

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Middle Tennessee Electric a 2021 Tree Line USA® utility to honor its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the utility’s service area.

This marks the third consecutive year MTE has earned this recognition.

“I am proud Team MTE has once again received this honor,” MTE President and CEO Chris Jones said. “I would like to congratulate the hard work and dedication of our vegetation management team. The job they do greatly enhances the reliability of our system.”

Tree Line USA is a national program recognizing public and private utilities for practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests. A collaboration of the foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees.

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They provide important benefits to residents, including clean air, clean water and a tolerable climate. Service providers like Middle Tennessee Electric demonstrate it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.”

MTE achieved Tree Line USA by meeting these five program standards: 

• Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care

• Provide annual worker training in best tree care practices

• Sponsor a tree planting and public education program

• Maintain a tree-based energy conservation program

• Participate in an Arbor Day celebration

For more information on MTE’s Vegetation Management Program, visit www.mtemc.com/VegetationManagement.

More information on Tree Line USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeLineUSA.

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