LG&E's and KU Energy's Plant for the Planet program helped to fund the establishment of an arboretum at the Conservancy's Davis Bend Nature Preserve and the planting of 12,000 native trees at Conservancy property in the Palisades region.
In 2013, LG&E and KU Energy awarded The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky with a Plant for the Planet Grant for the second year in a row. Matched dollar for dollar by the Conservancy, the grant provides $4,000 for planting 12,000 native trees in the Palisades region outside of the Lexington area.
“This comes at an ideal time for us as we are engaged in working with partners to develop a master plan for the Palisades which includes a special focus on our Sally Brown, Crutcher and Jim Beam nature preserves – as well as our newly opened Dupree Preserve,” says Terry Cook, the Conservancy’s State Director in Kentucky.
Part of the Conservancy’s master plan for the Palisades involves engaging more people – especially a new generation of conservationists – in taking an active role in visiting, caring for, and supporting policies and practices which benefit this unique natural landscape. To achieve this, the Conservancy is working with local environmental education non-profit, Bluegrass Greensource, to develop an environmental education curriculum for its Palisades nature preserves that will provide hands-on learning for visitors of every age.
Adds Cook, “People want to spend time in the places we need to conserve and restore. As a result, their understanding and support of our work is central to our ability to have a significant and lasting conservation impact.”
LG&E and KU Energy appreciates this vision. In fact, a goal of the company’s Plant for the Planet program is to support projects that improve the environment and the lives of individuals who live, work and play near planting areas.
“The Conservancy’s work in the Kentucky River Palisades is truly a perfect fit for this program,” says Laura Douglas, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at LG&E and KU Energy. "We're proud to enable their goal of further enhancing the state's natural beauty and sustainability."
Headquartered in Louisville, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Energy Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. Launched in 2009, the company’s “Plant for the Planet” tree-planting matching grant program has resulted in the planting more than 20,000 trees in an effort to beautify and improve air and water quality in urban, suburban and rural communities around the Commonwealth.