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Trees and Utilities Conference 2017

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  1. 1. 1. PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE NWTF 2. ENERGY FOR WILDLIFE PARTNERSHIPS
  2. 2. “The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.”
  3. 3. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation has kept us on course during the last century when it comes to wildlife and hunting. NORTH AMERICAN MODEL
  4. 4. In the more than 50 years since Pittman- Robertson began, over $2 billion in federal excise taxes has been matched by more than $500 million in state funds, mostly from hunting license fees for wildlife restoration and management. FEWER HUNTERS
  5. 5. We lose 2.2 million acres of wildlife habitat each year. HABITAT LOSS
  6. 6. Wild Turkey Population Declines WILD TURKEY POPULATION DECLINES
  7. 7. The solution
  8. 8. Points of Partnership Habitat Enhancement Education Fundraising Mission Delivery
  9. 9. Duke Energy 13
  10. 10. Hurricane Matthew: Trees in both Transmission and Distribution 14
  11. 11. Environmental Focus •Utility vegetation management operates in an environmental space and often gets viewed as having a net negative impact on nature. 15
  12. 12. Challenge the notion that VM Activities as not Beneficial to Nature 16 • 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 lightning. • We create edge habitat in our corridors. • Limbs from mechanical side- trimming and danger tree cutting create habitat for insects and small mammals. • R/W’s provide travel corridors for wildlife.
  13. 13. Right of Way Maintenance is Habitat Improvement 17
  14. 14. Duke Energy Foundation Investment Priorities 18
  15. 15. Putting Rights of Way to Work for Wildlife 19 • 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.
  16. 16. $500,000 Duke Energy Foundation Grant over 5 years 20
  17. 17. Enhancing 6,000 acres of Habitat over the Duke Energy Footprint 21
  18. 18. Conservation Practices to include IVM, Timber Management, Native Ecosystem Restoration and Educational Outreach to Public and Private Landowners 22
  19. 19. Public Outreach at the NWTF Convention 23 Thousands of people learned about Duke Energy’s IVM Program thru personal interaction.
  20. 20. Twin Rivers Watershed Management Area Florida Not ideal Gopher tortoise habitat
  21. 21. NWTF Work Opposite sides of the Right of Way 25 Prime Gopher tortoise habitat
  22. 22. We can be just as effective at the local level 26 The Power of Partnerships: Piedmont Pine Focal Landscape Key Volunteer Appreciation
  23. 23. Partnering With Local Organizations: WAIT
  24. 24. Partnering With Local Organizations: Greensboro Beautiful •Greensboro Beautiful •Local Arboretum for “Right Plant, Right Place” 28
  25. 25. Partnering With Local Organizations: Trees Charlotte • 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.
  26. 26. Partnering With Local Organizations Trees Charlotte
  27. 27. Partnering With Local Organizations: Local Schools and Arbor Day
  28. 28. Partnering With Local Organizations: The Outdoor Dream Foundation
  29. 29. 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 those relationships

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