Reforestation & Carbon Sequestration Efforts
Duke Energy partners with the communities, utilities and non-governmental organizations to reforest lands and sequester carbon dioxide. Here are some examples of our initiatives:
- Rio Bravo Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project – Duke Energy is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, The Program for Belize, a local conservation group, and several U.S. electric utilities to undertake the Rio Bravo Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project in Belize, Central America. The project protects tropical forest from conversion to agricultural uses, and implements sustainable logging practices.
VIDEO: Rio Bravo Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project (Windows Media, 4:00)
- The Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) Tree Planting Program – In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Duke Energy supports the planting of trees on lands, including bottomlands, which were cleared decades ago for agricultural purposes. Funds are made available through the program for landowners to purchase and plant trees on these lands. Landowners also sign long-term conservation easements.
- Ducks Unlimited Bottomland Hardwood Reforest Project – Duke Energy and Ducks Unlimited (DU) have committed to purchase and plant trees on private and public lands. Targeted lands include river bottomland areas that were cleared decades ago for agriculture production. Project sites are chosen based on habitat goals and objectives of DU and where funds for trees and tree planting are limited.
- The Nature Conservancy Reforestation Project – Duke Energy is providing funding to the Ohio and Indiana Chapters of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the purchase and planting of trees on TNC and/or other public lands. High quality stream corridors and areas on or near TNC properties that were cleared decades ago for agriculture production are the targeted project sites.
- National Wild Turkey Federation Operation Big Sky – Duke Energy’s partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation provides funding to purchase trees for local chapters to plant trees on unforested or agricultural land.
- UtiliTree Carbon Company – A nonprofit company formed by electric utilities, including Duke Energy, to implement a variety of forestry projects designed to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. These projects range from rural tree planting, forest preservation initiative to forest management and research efforts.
- PowerTree Carbon Company LLC – A voluntary consortium of electric utility companies, including Duke Energy, that have established a multi-million dollar fund to implement reforestation projects. PowerTree Carbon Company focuses its efforts in the lower-Mississippi valley implementing projects that will restore more than 3,600 acres of forest on marginal agricultural lands that were cleared decades ago.
- Louisville Tree Plantings – Duke Energy provided funding to the city of Louisville to plant more than 1,500 trees and seedlings in parks and along parkways in Louisville, Kentucky. Grant funds supported the planting of more than 460 landscape trees in at least six parks and along the city’s historic Olmsted Parkways. Most of the trees selected for use around Olmsted Parkways will be planted along Algonquin, Southwestern and Northwestern parkways. Approximately 1,115 seedlings will be planted in areas such as Cherokee Park and the city’s nine public golf courses. All selected trees have long life spans and are native to the region.
- Harris Plant Forest Restoration – Since 2000, more than 700 acres have been restored to native Piedmont longleaf pine forest at a site near the Harris Nuclear Plant in North Carolina and on approximately 40 acres at the Suwannee Plant in Florida.
- Robinson Plant Land Management – The Robinson Plant’s lands in South Carolina have natural and planted longleaf pine forests and are enrolled in the Safe Harbor Program for management of conditions suitable to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Prescribed fire is an integral part of managing these sites.
- Public Use – About 40,000 acres of land within the Progress Energy service area have been designated for public use through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Gamelands and S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Area programs.
- Rare Plant Preservation – Duke Energy works closely with the N.C. Natural Heritage Program and the S.C. Heritage Trust to preserve and protect natural diversity and natural areas in the Carolinas. We work cooperatively to protect rare plant species and associated unique biological communities along power line corridors by minimizing disturbances during corridor maintenance.