Island Habitat Program

The Island Habitat Program is sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Federation (NCWF) and Duke Energy to provide partnerships that will help keep river and lake islands clean of litter and enhance public awareness.

The program is designed to encourage fishing and hunting clubs, scout groups, boating clubs, homeowners associations and other wildlife enthusiasts to “adopt” an island. Participating groups agree to clean up debris from their island while providing data on wildlife species that occupy the island. They would note habitat characteristics and changes and, as needed, provide habitat enhancements like bird nesting boxes and establish necessary plantings to control erosion and provide food sources.

Duke Energy employees have partnered with the N.C. Wildlife Federation to collect trash and install nesting boxes for different bird species along the Catawba River. If you’re interested in adopting an island on the Catawba River or any of its North Carolina resources from Lake James to upper Lake Wylie, or if you would like to be a lake coordinator, please contact one of the persons below:

Jerry Barrows
Island Habitat Volunteer Coordinator

Tim Gestwicki
N.C. Wildlife Federation

"This program will bring needed attention to the litter problem that is escalating due to the increased lake use by boaters and others. The stewardship and enhancement aspect of it will certainly benefit the wildlife and the people using the resource, says Duke Energy Lake Management Manager George Galleher."

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