November 30, 2004

Public Service Company of Oklahoma Receives Conservation Award

Employees at Public Service Company of Oklahoma's Northeastern Power Station in Oologah received recognition from the Wildlife Habitat Council for contributions to wildlife habitat conservation, environmental stewardship and increasing native biodiversity and achieving habitat certification at the power plant.

PSO's Northeastern Power Station consists of 1,300 acres, including 1,000 acres designated for wildlife. The main objective of the PSO's wildlife management team is to improve wildlife habitat on plant grounds.

The nest box project is the foundation of the site's wildlife program. Boxes for screech owls, eastern bluebirds, kestrels and barn owls are erected throughout the site. Local Boy Scout troops and experts help construct and monitor the nest boxes. Future projects include creating nesting opportunities for purple martins and wood ducks, food plots, native plantings and a nature trail.

The PSO plant was one of 143 sites recognized for creating a habitat program.