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Over more than a decade, Great River Energy has re-established more than 200 acres of native habitat at our facilities and along transmission lines. This is just one example of Great River Energy’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Choosing native plants and grasses for landscaping provides many benefits:
Great River Energy is actively making contributions to the nationwide effort to restore the native habitat that is vital to restoring healthy populations of pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies. We are partnering with our members’ local schools to teach students about the importance of pollinator habitat. We also are bringing back nine acres of native habitat on our Elk River campus. Learn more
Native habitat refers to the plants, grasses and trees which originated in an area before they were replaced with roadways, manicured lawns, crops and non-native gardens, or degraded for other reasons. “Pollinator friendly habitat” more specifically refers to those plants and flowers that pollinators need to eat, live and do their work. Recently there have been many reports of a steady decline in the population of pollinators. This decline is due in large part to the loss of the habitat they need to survive. The habitat that will be re-established on the Elk River campus will provide a home for pollinators in the area, and a great stop for migrating monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico where they winter.
Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats, assist plants in reproduction by transferring pollen, allowing those plants to produce berries, nuts and other foods important to the survival of many species of wildlife and the human food supply. The ecological service pollinators provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85 percent of the world’s flower plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species.
Great River Energy has been re-establishing native habitat when we can for years, and we continue to partner with experts and seek opportunities for new projects. These projects support our commitment to investing in Minnesota communities and finding innovative solutions to manage costs. We have restored approximately 200 acres to native habitat.
Some of our projects include:
Where transmission facilities are located, native plantings offer important benefits for both the utility, the property owner and electric co-op members:
If you want to make a contribution to restoring native habitat for wildlife and pollinators, or want to simply to reap the practical benefits of landscaping with prairie or pollinator habitat rather than traditional trees, grass or shrubs, there are many resources and experts available to help you. Here are just a few:
There are many resources you can access online to learn about the benefits of native plantings and how to help create habitat for pollinators such as monarch butterflies. Here are only a few: