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EN11 - Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

[This segment focuses primarily on land resources vs water resources, which are covered under EN 8, EN 9 and EN25.  Only AEP properties that border mitigation and protected wetlands are included.]

AEP owns or manages the land around its power generating and transmission facilities.  Systemwide, AEP owns in fee, around 365,000 acres.  This does not include mineral only (coal, CBM, oil and natural gas) ownership.  This includes power plant sites, office buildings, substations, transmission and distribution lines, as well as coal fields yet to be mined, lands that have been mined, residential structures, river access and various other sites.  Of AEP’s fee ownership, over 170,000 acres are forested, with the majority of that under active forest stewardship/management plans.  

Land owned near the power plants directly supports the generation of electricity, serves as a buffer to these operations, and is often leased for agriculture.  AEP operates electric transmission and distribution lines throughout its service territories in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia.  Many of these lands have no special designation, but some are protected and managed for their natural resource value.

Some of the company properties are located adjacent to protected areas or areas of high biodiversity value.  Those areas that are designed, regulated or managed to achieve specific conservation objectives, are recognized for important biodiversity features, are a priority for conservation, or have been identified as areas of high biodiversity value.  For example, wetlands are valuable ecological areas with unique biodiversity that must be protected.  Mitigation wetlands have been established near many facilities to compensate for wetland losses due to construction.  Additional high biodiversity areas include wildlife enhancement areas, national parks and forests and habitat for federal and state endangered species.  These areas, and the adjacent AEP properties, can be categorized into the following land uses:

Steam-Electric Properties

Amos (4515 acres), Conesville (19,830 acres), Gavin (7750 acres), Lawrenceburg (acres 85)
Mountaineer (2135 acres), Pirkey (approximately 15 adjacent acres) and Tanners Creek (970 acres) – Adjacent to mitigation wetlands or riparian habitat.

Breed Plant (8026 acres) - The former Breed Plant site supports nesting bald eagles and a 140 acre blue heron rookery. 

Clinch River Plant (30 acres) – The plant is in the near vicinity of the Cleveland Natural Area Preserve (~1,000 acres) that is home to unique habitat and rare plant and invertebrate species.  Small fragments of these habitats are located on the Clinch River Plant property.

Comanche Plant (20 acres) – Property is adjacent to giant Canada geese habitat (620 acres) that is protected by AEP.

Commercial Solvents/Virginia Knight Smith and Western Kentucky properties (630 acres) - Site is adjacent to the McClintic State Wildlife Area.

Cook Nuclear Plant (661acres) – Adjacent to the Lake Michigan Dunes Trail, which encompasses approximately 70 acres near the plant site.

Flint Creek Power Station property (1300 acres) – The property at this facility is commonly used as a wintering ground by bald eagles.

Poston (3530 acres) – This former plant property is adjacent to the Wayne National Forest in Ohio.