Conservation grants awarded

Alabama Power has awarded seven new and two continuing grants to conservation and natural resources agencies through the Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy initiatives.

The grants extend a commitment to environmental stewardship by Alabama Power, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  Since 2002, Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy have provided more than $11.3 million through 96 grants.

In addition, grant recipients have contributed more than $45.8 million in matching funds, resulting in a conservation impact of more than $57 million. These efforts are helping restore more than 279,000 acres of longleaf pine and other important habitat on public and private lands across the Southeast.

The two new Alabama-related grants under Power of Flight are:

-Alabama Wildlife Federation — to establish a minimum 100 acres of native warm-season grass habitat on 10 sites in high-priority areas of National Bird Conservation Initiative regions in Alabama. This project will help break down native warm-season grass establishment barriers and increase the number, availability and knowledge base of resource professionals, land managers and contractors necessary to increase native warm-season grass habitat.

-Avian Research and Conservation Institute —to produce a range-wide strategic plan for recovery of the remnant, steadily declining population of Southeastern American kestrel.

This project will prioritize specific sites; improve management of habitat and nesting opportunities; perform and evaluate translocations; and select reintroduction sites to establish captive-reared falcons. This project includes activities across the Southeast, including Alabama.