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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Partners Recognized for Managing a Right-of-Way While Providing Vital Bird Habitat
Northeast Region, March 15, 2013
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Recipients of the Baltimore Gas & Electric Environmental Award
Left to Right: Dan Norden, BGE Environmental; Rich Mason, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Sam Droege, U.S. Geological Survey; Dan Neal, BGE Forestry; Steve Woerner, BGE Sr. VP and COO; Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners; Bill Rees, BGE Vegetation Management; Ken DeFontes, BGE President and CEO.
Recipients of the Baltimore Gas & Electric Environmental Award Left to Right: Dan Norden, BGE Environmental; Rich Mason, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Sam Droege, U.S. Geological Survey; Dan Neal, BGE Forestry; Steve Woerner, BGE Sr. VP and COO; Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners; Bill Rees, BGE Vegetation Management; Ken DeFontes, BGE President and CEO. - Photo Credit: Courtesy of BGE
The prairie warbler is one bird species that will benefit from the right-of-way vegetation management
The prairie warbler is one bird species that will benefit from the right-of-way vegetation management - Photo Credit: Steve Maslowski

On March 15, 2013 a team of partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office, received an Environmental Achievement Award from Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE). The award recognizes individuals and teams who made significant contributions to help BGE meet or exceed its environmental goals and expectations during 2012.

 

The award was given for carrying out Integrated Vegetation Management, or IVM, along a 5-mile stretch of transmission right-of-way (ROW) in the Patuxent Research Refuge. IVM incorporates selective herbicide techniques that allow for prairie establishment and shrub thickets in the ROW for the purpose of improved habitat and reliable transmission of electricity.

The old field habitat provides important nesting areas for migratory bird species of conservation concern including prairie warbler, field sparrow, brown thrasher, yellow-breasted-chat and many others. IVM also creates excellent habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, moths, and bees.

Individuals receiving the award were Brad Knudsen, Patuxent Research Refuge; Rich Mason, Chesapeake Bay Field Office; Sam Droege, U.S. Geological Survey; Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners; and Bill Rees and Dan Neal, BGE. The Chesapeake Bay Field Office received another BGE Environmental Achievement Award in 2010 for a similar IVM project near Annapolis, MD in the South River Greenway.

For more information contact:
Rich Mason
410/573-4584
rich_mason@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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