Seattle, Wash., August 20, 2002 — EnergyUnited, a North Carolina-based electric cooperative, was presented with top honors in the prestigious Project Habitat® annual awards competition.
EnergyUnited is the recipient of Project Habitat’s 2001 Community Outreach Award and the 2001 Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Award. The awards presentation was made during the recent annual conference of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Utility Arborist Association in Seattle, Washington before an audience of over 150 utility arborists.
The Community Outreach Award recognizes EnergyUnited for having achieved an exceptionally high level of recognition and support within their community for efforts to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat through sound vegetation management practices.
The Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Award recognizes EnergyUnited for implementing an exceptionally successful vegetation management program that dramatically enhances opportunities for wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Jimmy Brown, director of right-of-way for EnergyUnited, accepted the awards for the utility. Along with commemorative plaques, EnergyUnited received two $1,000 cash prizes to be donated on its behalf to a local charity or civic organization.
Presenting the awards were Scott Vance, National Wild Turkey Federation and Project Habitat Advisory Council member and Randy Canady, BASF Vegetation Management marketing manager. According to Canady “EnergyUnited has set a new industry standard for how rights-of-way should be managed. We proudly recognize their successful efforts and dedication to both their community and wildlife enhancement.”
An obscure low-growing shrub called Michaux’s Sumac and the equally rare Schweinitz’s Sunflower may best sum up the success of
EnergyUnited’s efforts. Both plants are registered on the federal endangered species list and both have now been identified on EnergyUnited’s rights-of-way.
EnergyUnited was able to identify and protect both plant species as a direct result of integrated vegetation management and adherence to the guidelines of Project Habitat.
To accomplish its goals, EnergyUnited formed numerous partnerships with community and conservation groups including Quail Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiful program, the North Carolina Wild Flower Preservation Society and local garden clubs.
Project Habitat® also awarded honorable mentions to nine of its members. Recipients of honorable mentions in the Community Outreach category are: Corn Belt Energy, Georgia Transmission, Potomac Electric Power Company, Santee Cooper, Snapping Shoals and Xcel Energy.
Recipients of honorable mentions in the Habitat Restoration & Stewardship category are: Conectiv, Corn Belt Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Georgia Transmission, Potomac Electric Power Company and Santee Cooper.
The 2001 awards program marks the second time that EnergyUnited has been honored by Project Habitat. In 2000, EnergyUnited received Project Habitat’s Community Relations Award for its outstanding efforts to build community support for utility wildlife initiatives. The awards program is judged by the Project Habitat Advisory Council, which is made up of leaders in vegetation management and wildlife conservation that also help guide the program to achieve wildlife and industry objectives. In recognition of EnergyUnited’s achievements, Brown will join the advisory council for a two-year term.
Utilities that participate in Project Habitat are committed to controlling vegetation in a manner conducive to wildlife enhancement. They make a long-term commitment to reduce the percentage of mowing along rights-of-way, specifically during ground-nesting periods; use low-volume, selective herbicide applications to increase vegetation value to wildlife; and use control methods that protect and create corridors for wildlife crossings.
The BASF Agricultural Products business in North America, Specialty Products Department, markets a wide range of innovative products and active ingredients for the forestry, turf, ornamental, pest control and vegetation management markets. Its headquarters are in Research Triangle Park, N.C. It is a unit of the BASF Global Agricultural Products Division located in Mount Olive, N.J. The BASF Specialty Products Department can also be found on the Internet at www.vmanswers.com.
Project Habitat is a registered trademark of BASF.