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WINGS stands for Wildlife Incentives for Non-game and Game Species, an opportunity for landowners and others to earn money and get professional wildlife management advice for improving wildlife habitat beneath electric transmission power lines. Grants are based on practices – such as disking, planting and brush control – and the amount of land involved. The maximum payment over three years is $1,350.
Applications are accepted from May 15 to July 15 each year. They are available at Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and local soil and water conservation district (SWCD) offices. Applications are ranked and approved on a competitive basis. Individuals must manage the land for three years according to plans prepared with the local NRCS staff.
Project WINGS is a joint venture between Georgia Power, Georgia Transmission, MEAG Power, AGL and the Two Rivers RC&D Council with technical assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Forestry.
See the WINGS brochure for more details on the program, and please call 706-885-0101 for more information.