At PPL Electric Utilities, we see a great opportunity to help provide pollinator-friendly habitats in the communities we serve.

It’s why we’ve been doing research to develop a cost-effective seed mix of native, pollinator plants that we may be able to plant when we restore land after completing transmission line work or substation projects. We assess pollinator test plots at our properties to see what species of plants will work best as part of future projects.

In addition to providing an ideal habitat for pollinators, the right mix of native plantings would save costs by potentially requiring less vegetation management and treatment.

This project is particularly timely because of declining pollinator populations and the need to preserve and protect them.

“We’re really excited to see what happens during the current growing season,” said Lori Burkert, environmental compliance manager at PPL Electric Utilities. “Our goal is to make this a viable, sustainable option for future projects.”

Our pollinator program also helped us create a partnership with Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy. This partnership gave us the opportunity to provide the Conservancy with a mix of native seeds for planting in their easements. We also contributed trees from our popular Community Roots program.

“We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” Burkert said. “And we’re always looking for ways to come up with innovative, environmental-friendly, sustainable solutions for the work we do.”

For more information on pollinators, visit pollinator.org.