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New program manages land under transmission lines for wildlife

From Missouri Department of Conservation

-- A new preservation program to enhance wildlife habitat on land underneath Ameren transmission lines has been created by the Department of Conservation and the energy company.

The program encourages property owners to manage land for wildlife habitat where Ameren easements are located under transmission lines. MDC staff will provide technical counsel and Ameren will reimburse property owners to help reduce costs of land maintenance.

Habitat work will focus on restoration of natural wildlife communities that occur, or could be established, under power lines on transmission easements. The program will begin this spring.

“Wires Over Wildlife is one of many ways . . . to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife,” said Bob Ziehmer, director. “By partnering with Ameren, and ultimately Missouri landowners, we can add valuable wildlife habitat on private lands while reducing costs associated with vegetation maintenance under these transmission lines. Everyone wins.”

Ameren Missouri also has a long history of wildlife protection and enhancement.

“We help build eagle nesting boxes, improve song bird habitat, install swan diverters and assist in a banding program for peregrine falcons,” said Richard Mark, Ameren senior vice president of customer operations. “We are committed to being good stewards of the environment, and Wires Over Wildlife is another example of this dedication.”

Property owners whose land may be eligible for the program should contact their local MDC office or Private Lands Conservationist for more information. To locate a local contact online by county see http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care.

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