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Forest Management

Duke Energy Progress manages approximately tens of thousands of acres of forestland in the Carolinas. We use a multiple resource management concept to manage the lands located primarily around our power plant facilities. Our Forest Management Plan provides strategies for timber production, wildlife habitat enhancement, watershed protection, recreational opportunities and many other benefits, and is revised annually.

Each site is managed by its specific characteristics. These often include unique management objectives, species, soil, aesthetics and many other factors. The primary goal is to balance all of these elements while continuing to provide value to the land. Actively managed forests provide periodic income, habitat for wildlife, clean water, and recreational opportunities while sustaining forest health and vigor.

Timber management

Timber management involves but is not limited to harvesting, reforestation, thinning, site preparation, prescribed fire and herbicide application. After a timber harvest, each site is carefully evaluated to determine the most cost effective and environmentally responsible manner in which to prepare and reforest the site. The site conditions, native species, location, soils, and local climate are used to help determine the most appropriate tree species for replanting the site. North Carolina's mandatory Forest Practice Guidelines and each state's voluntary best management practices are followed during any forestry related activity.

Wildlife habitat enhancement

Duke Energy Progress incorporates wildlife food plots and partners with local organizations and agencies to enhance habitat. Current wildlife partners include Quail Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. These partnerships have helped include wildlife recommendations within the forest management plans for all managed lands.

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Approximately 40,000 acres of Duke Energy Progress land has been designated for public use through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Gamelands and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Area programs.

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