Transmission lines are essential to power our homes, businesses and factories, and to our economy and standard of living. Underneath these lines are thousands of acres of unused land that must be managed routinely to prevent unwanted growth of tall plants and trees that could interfere with normal delivery of electricity.
Recognizing the potential these acres offer wildlife, Georgia Power and the Two Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Council launched Project WINGS (Wildlife Incentives for Nongame and Game Species), a right-of-way management campaign, in the fall of 1996. Georgia Transmission Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), and Atlanta Gas Light have since joined this statewide wildlife initiative.
Designed to create new wildlife lands along gas and electricity transmission lines, the project provides cash grants up to $1,500 along with professional wildlife management advice, to eligible groups and individuals interested in managing brush control and habitat improvement on the rights-of-way on their property for a three-year period.
This win-win-win program prevents undesirable growth on the transmission right-of-ways and helps people transform right-of-ways into productive wildlife habitats for our state. To date, thousands of Georgians have received grants to create more than 23,490 acres of new wildlife habitat.
To find out more about eligibility and how you can get involved, visit Project WINGS.