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TVA's Tree-Clearing Policy


Photo by David Luttrell

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  • More than 60 cypresses at Summit Medical Center were cut down by TVA and fed to the wood chipper.
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  • UNLIKELY ACTIVISTS: From left, Debra Van Meter, Janie Tarwater, and Vonnie Jarrard are residents of the Kensington subdivision in West Knoxville determined to fight TVA’s plans to decimate their yards.
  • LOW GROWTH: From smaller shrubbery to larger trees, TVA says all this decorative planting in the Westminster Place development needs to go.
  • LINED UP: This map of TVA’s transmission lines also shows where trees will be coming down.

Environmentalists and property owners led by activist Larry Silverstein protest TVA's vegetation management policies; the power company says it's only adhering to a federal mandate to remove trees that could possibly hit power lines.

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