In honor of the fourth week of Environmental Awareness Month in September, Georgia Power highlights its efforts to protect and manage habitat statewide, such as the management of corporate rights-of-way, including special management areas for rare plants such as Georgia aster and smooth purple echinacea.
At Georgia Power, our projects are aimed at conservation, restoration and awareness, so that future generations have a thriving, healthy and beautiful place to feel at home. The company is highlighting four major conservation areas as part of Environmental Awareness Month: land, sensitive species, waterways and habitats.
Last week, the company outlined its efforts to improve and protect Georgia streams and the species that live there, such as Shoal Bass. In week two, Georgia Power focused on the conservation of sensitive species, including the gopher turtle, Georgia state reptile. As one of the oldest living species native to Georgia and a key species of swamp pine forests, it is home to hundreds of other species. Georgia Power kicked off the month by showcasing its land management practices, including the maintenance and operation of over 100,000 acres of land, 60,000 acres of water and over 15 lake properties as the largest supplier non-governmental public recreation Georgia.
Week 4: We protect and manage habitats
Management of transport rights of way – With approximately 12,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines under our control, Georgia Power arborists maintain permanently open corridors across the state to ensure system reliability. Transportation rights-of-way may provide some of the only grassland habitat available for shade-intolerant plant species. These plants can be essential for pollinating species such as butterflies or bees. Certain sections along the company’s rights-of-way are managed specifically to conserve plants of particular interest by modifying the mowing or spraying schedules.
- Georgia aster – The Georgia Aster is a flowering plant that grows in the open habitat of transportation rights-of-way. In 2014, Georgia Power was one of nine signatories to a Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) to conduct research, investigation and management of Georgia aster. Since this agreement, the company has located many new populations on our rights-of-way in the north and in the center. Georgia.
Special management areas – Georgia Power lands and rights-of-way provide habitat for rare plants and are often designated as Special Management Areas. Although standard management practices are generally sufficient to maintain these populations, we are protecting these sites or modifying management practices to improve the viability of these populations. In some cases rare plants have been restored to suitable sites.
- Smooth purple echinacea – Smooth echinacea is an endangered plant that can only be found in two counties of Georgia (Stephens and Habersham) It is a prairie plant that has a smooth stem and drooping pink petals. The typical habitat of Echinacea consists of open woods, cedar moors, roadsides, clearcuts, dry limestone cliffs and power line rights-of-way, usually on soils rich in magnesium and carbon. calcium.
Pollinator research project – In partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Georgia Power sponsored a pollinator habitat research effort to advance the understanding, use and management of specific ground cover solutions around and under solar panels installed. These solutions have the potential to help improve soil quality, improve benefits for wildlife and pollinators, and reduce integrated maintenance costs for solar installations (see photo).
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