At the NWTF, the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the backbone for our approach to conservation. Its seven pillars are what set us apart from any other place in the world when it comes to sustaining wildlife. It gives every citizen an opportunity to hunt. It combines ethics and science while charging us all with being good stewards of our valuable natural resources.
Many hunters struggle to find a place to hunt—a top reason why people quit hunting.
There are challenges facing our industry
Habitat loss We lose 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat every day. That’s 2.2 million acres — an area the size of Yellowstone National Park — every year.
Which …Leads to declining turkey populations
The national number of wild turkeys has decreased 15% from the historic high.
Slide 3 – Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The video introduces the need – the decline in participation and the resulting threat to funding for the North American Model of Conservation. For us, as individuals, the resulting threat to the lifestyle we know and love.
As an organization, the NWTF has chosen to put its platform to work to solve the problem where agencies alone simply can’t. We have the volunteer base. We have the resources, And, if we can unite an industry – agencies, NGO’s and corporations – we can solve the problem.
In-line with this idea, we committed to the following objectives… 1. Conserve or enhance 4 million of the most critical acres of upland habitat remaining 2. Create 1.5 million hunters 3. Open access to an additional 500,000 acres for hunting
So, we’re approaching our second year in executing Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. and I’m excited to tell you about the flagship of our effort – the hub, if you will – our Hunting Heritage Center in Edgefield, SC .
Slide 12 – Conserving acres and the Big Six
Conserving or enhancing 4 million acres in 10 years time changes the way we approach conservation. Focal landscapes guide our activity. That new focus has us initiating work on the most threatened habitats. Not just for turkeys, but for all upland species. And as importantly, it has us at the front of the line starting the work, not just chipping in bits and pieces here and there and claiming credit for all of it.
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers.
Electric power is a necessity to modern life. 50+ transmission lines out in one day due to Hurricane Matthew
Partnering With Local Organizations
Think outside of the “box” there are other great opportunities for partnerships.
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1. PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF
2. ENERGY FOR WILDLIFE
“The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the
wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting
has kept us on
the last century
when it comes
to wildlife and
NORTH AMERICAN MODEL
In the more than 50
years since Pittman-
over $2 billion in
federal excise taxes
has been matched by
more than $500
million in state
funds, mostly from
hunting license fees
We lose 2.2 million acres of
wildlife habitat each year.
Wild Turkey Population Declines
WILD TURKEY POPULATION DECLINES
Hurricane Matthew: Trees in both Transmission and Distribution
•Utility vegetation management operates in an environmental
often gets viewed as having a net negative impact on
Challenge the notion that VM Activities as not Beneficial to Nature
• We create early successional habitat
as well as openings in the forest
canopy for various species.
• Our activities mimic how fire was
used by Native Americans or
landscape alterations caused by
• We create edge habitat in our
• Limbs from mechanical side-
trimming and danger tree cutting
create habitat for insects and small
• R/W’s provide travel corridors for
Right of Way Maintenance is Habitat Improvement
Duke Energy Foundation Investment Priorities
Putting Rights of Way to Work for Wildlife
• Duke Energy manages the land over which more than 295,000
miles of power lines traverse – that’s more than enough to circle
the globe 10 times.
• With that much property to manage, the company has focused on
how to put it to work for imperiled wildlife.
• Duke Energy implemented several natural resource protection
programs in 2016 including work with the NWTF
• In Florida the company piloted a power line design that minimizes
risks to birds.
• In North Carolina, the company is supporting the Carolina Raptor
Center’s bald eagle conservation efforts, Including the
development of a new raptor trail and high-tech amphitheater to
enhance educational programming for children.
$500,000 Duke Energy Foundation Grant over 5
Enhancing 6,000 acres of Habitat over the Duke
Conservation Practices to include IVM, Timber
Management, Native Ecosystem Restoration and
Educational Outreach to Public and Private
Public Outreach at the NWTF Convention
Thousands of people learned about Duke
Energy’s IVM Program thru personal
Twin Rivers Watershed Management Area Florida
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NWTF Work Opposite sides of the Right of Way
We can be just as effective at the local level
The Power of Partnerships:
Piedmont Pine Focal Landscape Key Volunteer
Partnering With Local Organizations: Greensboro Beautiful
•Local Arboretum for “Right Plant, Right Place”
Partnering With Local Organizations: Trees
• On Friday, March 31, volunteers from Duke Energy partnered with TreesCharlotte to plant approximately 75 trees at
Briarwood Park in East Charlotte off of The Plaza. TreeMasters were on hand to review proper tree planting techniques.
• The project is part of the Duke Energy In Action program that gives employees and retirees an opportunity to participate in
large-scale community service projects.
• “The impact of planting trees, particularly in underserved areas, is significant,” said Tom Johnson, System Forester for Duke
Energy. “It’s gratifying to know that this community, and our city more broadly, will enjoy the benefits of the trees we’re
planting at Briarwood Park for decades to come.”
• To date, TreesCharlotte has planted or distributed more than 20,000 containerized trees that are 6 to 10 feet in height,
engaged more than 9,700 volunteers, educated thousands of students and residents on tree care and tree benefits, and
distributed more than 17,000 reforestation seedlings.
Partnering With Local Organizations Trees Charlotte
Partnering With Local Organizations: Local Schools
and Arbor Day
Partnering With Local Organizations: The Outdoor
The Possibilities are Many
•Leveraging partnerships improves our program and industry relations.
•Increasing the public’s knowledge of IVM and creating positive
industry perceptions makes our job easier.
• There are many partners out there. Look for simple ways to build