Many businesses are larger, some have more customers, but few touch as many lives as we do. We are fortunate for the opportunities this affords us for citizenship in the communities we serve, whether that community is an ecosystem or economy, a workplace or a hometown.
Southern Company fosters collaborative partnerships to conserve habitat, protect wildlife, educate children, provide recreation, remove trash, develop communities and accomplish other services. We also provide leadership and expertise at local meetings, speaking engagements, research support, safety education and board service, and provide a helping hand for other volunteer activities. We work at all levels from the grass roots in field offices and power plants up through corporate channels at each of our subsidiaries and headquarters to support communities and ecologies within our service territory.
Southern Company has contributed nearly $11.6 million over the past decade to fund imperiled longleaf pine restoration, bird conservation and community-based wetland restoration, and committed another $6.6 million to sustain these programs through 2018.
Since 2003, combined with partner and grantee-matching contributions, this investment has resulted in an on-the-ground conservation impact of more than $94 million, which has translated to more than one million acres of critical habitat restored and enhanced.
Southern Company system facilities and property are located within known ranges of a number of U.S. federally threatened or endangered species. Species occurrence or presence of critical habitat is evaluated and proper consultation is completed prior to initiating activities that occur in the proximity of identified species or their critical habitat.