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Entergy Corporation Named 2012 Tree Line USA Utility by the Arbor Day Foundation
NEW ORLEANS -- The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Entergy Corporation as a 2012 Tree Line USA utility for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care within the Entergy service territory.
Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes public and private utilities for their efforts to protect and enhance America's urban trees while ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable power. It is the seventh year Entergy has been recognized.
"We're pleased to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for our vegetation practices," said Mike Vaughn, vice president of asset management, Entergy Corporation. "We devote considerable effort to educate our customers on the benefits of trees in energy conservation and the importance of proper placement of trees in order to avoid power lines. Careful selection and conscientious management of new and existing trees helps us ensure the reliability of the electric system and helps our customers save money."
Tree Line USA confers the designation on utilities that meet five program standards: meeting industry standards for quality tree care; annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsorship of tree-planting and public education programs; maintenance of a tree-based energy conservation program and participation in Arbor Day celebrations.
"Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Service providers like Entergy show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, for customers and for the broader community."
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.