Tuesday, February 16, 2016


The workshop is designed to train state fish and wildlife agency and federal agency personnel who are involved in the review and permitting of electric transmission line projects.  The workshop provides the opportunity for state and federal agency staff to meet members of the electric utility industry and gain an understanding of the planning and design process for electric transmission. 
The objectives of the workshop are to: 

  • Inform agency personnel about the electric transmission planning and design process
  • Help agency personnel understand how to effectively integrate into the electric transmission planning, design and permitting process  
  • Facilitate communication with industry and the permitting authorities to design these projects to avoid and minimize impacts to fish and wildlife resources 

The training course is based on the Electric Systems Short Course developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The instructors will include staff from EEI, Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), Duke Energy, North Carolina Wildlife Commission and FWS Region 4 personnel 

WhereDuke Energy Environmental Center in Huntersville, NC (just north of Charlotte)
When: April 26-28, 2016 (includes field trip to electrical transmission line rights-of way
LodgingCountry Inn and Suites Lake Norman, Huntersville, NC (704-895-6565), with a room rate of $89.00/night for April 25th-29th
Note: Make reservations BEFORE April 4th 
Food: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch will be provided all three days as well as a welcome dinner on Tuesday night.
Cost: $75 for state and federal employees and $100.00 for industry and non-governmental organizations.
Registration OPEN now until April 18th.  Click here to register.
Limit: 50 participants
Check out the Flyer here.

Travel assistance is available from AFWA for a limited number of state fish and wildlife agency personnel.  This would include airfare, hotel, per diem and registration.  Please contact Kathy Boydston (kboydston@fishwildlife.org 512-389-8522) as soon as possible if you require travel assistance.