The National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Energy for Wildlife program recently received a $500,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to conserve or enhance more than 6,000 acres of critical habitat across Florida, the Carolinas and Indiana.
The project is designed to benefit imperilled pollinators and birds, as well as numerous other wildlife species. Conservation efforts will focus on establishing or enhancing habitat on public lands, such as state or national forests, and nearby areas where Duke Energy’s transmission right-of-ways split large areas of forested habitat. The enhanced habitat conditions will provide cover and a sustainable food source, while serving as a protective travel corridor for wildlife species that need it most.
Funding will also support education efforts for Duke Energy customers – landowners and regional stakeholders – about the benefits of adopting conservation practices on their own properties. In addition, Duke Energy will offer in-kind support for the project, including coordinating in-house vegetation management professionals to help with the location and implementation of the projects.
Conservation practices, which will include integrated vegetation management, timber management practices, and targeted herbicide treatments, will aim to provide enhanced feeding and nesting environments for wildlife species.