Four utility industry members join Project Habitat® advisory council

Research Triangle Park, NC, May 6, 2003 — Project Habitat® has appointed four new members to serve on its prestigious advisory council.

Starting two-year terms are Gueth Braddock, forester for Dixie Electric Membership Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA; Mark Heffley, system forester for Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) Tucker, GA; Joseph McPhail, line clearance supervisor for Florence Utilities, Florence, AL; and Bradley Weidenfeller, transmission coordinator for Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, MN.

The utilities represented by these individuals took top honors in Project Habitat’s national annual awards competition to recognize excellence in enhancement of wildlife habitat and community involvement.

Project Habitat is an electric utility industry program for wildlife habitat conservation. It is sponsored by the BASF Professional Vegetation Management group, which partners with the National Wild Turkey Federation and other wildlife organizations.

“Project Habitat’s goal is to create opportunities for wildlife habitat that complement the electric utility industry’s primary purpose of providing safe, reliable and affordable power to their customers. Our advisory council plays a key role in this program. We are pleased to add four new members who will bring their unique perspective to the council,” says Scott Peoples, BASF Professional Vegetation Management marketing manager.

Current Project Habitat Advisory Council members include: Jim Barnhart, vegetation management and line clearance consultant; Jimmy Brown, director of rights-of-way for EnergyUnited; Stephen Cieslewicz, partner and principal consultant at CN Utility Consulting; Gary Evans, president and founder of Se4 Consulting,; Lynn Grayson, forestry supervisor for American Electric Power; Dustin Heitschmidt, forester for Alabama Power; Harvey Holt, professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University; Rick Johnstone, system forester for Conectiv Power Delivery; Drew Lanham, associate professor of forestry at Clemson University; Eleanor Miller, director of media and public relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; and Jay Jordan, the National Wild Turkey Federation.

To be a Project Habitat member, utilities must control vegetation in a manner conducive to wildlife enhancement. They must make a long-term commitment to reduce percentage of mowing, 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.


BASF Specialty Products Department markets a wide range of innovative products and active ingredients for the forestry, turf, ornamental, pest control and vegetation management markets. The BASF Specialty Products Department is headquartered 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

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