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Denton, TX – In a commendable achievement for urban forestry management, Denton Municipal Electric (DME) has been honored as a 2024 Tree Line USA utility. This prestigious recognition, bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation, highlights DME’s commitment to integrating sustainable tree management within its utility operations.

DME’s proactive approach involves a meticulous power line maintenance program that ensures the trimming of trees near electrical lines. This practice not only safeguards public safety but also enhances service reliability for the residents of Denton by maintaining healthy trees. A well-maintained tree is less likely to contribute to power outages during adverse weather conditions, as they exhibit reduced decay and structural weaknesses.

Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, emphasized the critical role of trees in enhancing urban green spaces across the nation. “Trees furnish multiple benefits including clean air, water, and essential shade in urban areas,” said Lambe. He praised utilities like DME for demonstrating that effective management practices can allow urban forestry and utility services to coexist harmoniously, benefiting both community and environmental health.

The Tree Line USA program, a collaboration between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, aims to recognize both public and private utilities that adhere to best practices in urban forestry management. The initiative also promotes the delivery of safe and reliable electricity while fostering the health of community forests.

Expressing pride in the recognition, Tony Puente, General Manager of DME, stated, “Our proactive maintenance program not only keeps our trees healthy but also ensures the robustness of Denton’s electrical system.”

This acknowledgment from the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Line USA utility underscores DME’s ongoing commitment to sustainable urban forest management and community well-being.

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