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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Service Receives Environmental Award from Baltimore Gas and Electric
Northeast Region, March 26, 2010
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Swallowtail butterfly and bee on thistle, John and Karen Hollingsworth courtesy of FWS
Swallowtail butterfly and bee on thistle, John and Karen Hollingsworth courtesy of FWS - Photo Credit: n/a

The Chesapeake Bay Field Office received an environmental award from Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) for its participation on an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) pilot project along 5 miles of powerline right of way near Annapolis, MD.  The award was part of a corporate recognition program that is given to employees and their external partners for environmental achievement.

 

The Integrated Vegetation Management approach should result in the establishment and maintenance of excellent early successional habitat for migratory birds and pollinating insects (bees and butterflies). The Chesapeake Bay Field Office is working with BGE on the technical aspect of vegetation management and will coordinate surveys of birds, butterflies, and bees that are using the right of way. U.S.  Geological Survey is a partner on the bee survey.

 

If the outcome of the pilot project allows for reliable transmission of electricity, is cost competitive with traditional vegetation management, and benefits wildlife, then Integrated Vegetation Management techniques can be used on several thousand acres of right of way in the BGE service area.

 

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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