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Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes MEC Best Practices




Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) has received national recognition for excellence in protecting and encouraging healthy trees while maintaining utility rights of way. The National Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), recently named the organization a TreeLine USA utility. Representatives from VDOF presented a commemorative plaque and TreeLine USA flag to MECís board of directors at its monthly meeting.  Nationwide there are 146 utilities that have earned this distinction, and MEC is the third to qualify in Virginia.

The TreeLine USA program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens. The Arbor Day Foundation joins with the National Association of State Foresters on this initiative.


The National Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), recently recognized Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative as a TreeLine USA utility, a distinction held by only two other utilities in Virginia. Pictured from left are Guy DeSantis, MEC senior right-of-way coordinator; Adam Smith, senior area forester with VDOF; Evan Stembridge, MEC senior right-of-way coordinator; Ray DeJarnette, MEC arborist & manager of vegetation services; and Neal Oberholtzer, area forester with VDOF.



TreeLine USA recognition is awarded to utilities who adhere to five core standards: quality tree care; annual worker training in best tree-care practices; participates in and sponsors a tree-planting and public education program; has a tree-based energy conservation program; and participates in an Arbor Day celebration.

MEC President and CEO  John C. Lee, Jr., comments, ďOur certification by Treeline USA is yet another testament to not only our commitment to be good stewards of our natural resources, but also our desire to do the right thing with regards to our right-of-way maintenance. We work hard to strike an appropriate balance between ensuring reliability and taking proper care of the trees that line hundreds of miles along our rights of way. This designation verifies that we are achieving that goal, and we are very proud to be one of only three organizations in the entire state to earn this prestigious designation. Congratulations to Ray DeJarnette, MECís arborist and manager of vegetation services, and the rest of our right-of-way maintenance team."

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit energy provider to over 31,000 meters located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex counties and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia, and Chase City.



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