Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Beginning in early 2013, Duke Energy commits to conduct carefully monitored field tests on transgenic American chestnut trees, to assess the viability and safety of reintroducing the species.

Implementation methodologies

By conducting field tests on transgenic trees, this commitment helps support Duke Energy's strategy to support forest health, increasingly viewed as a necessary strategy for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The characteristics studies could also help fuel economic growth for the Central Appalachian region.

Duke Energy has long understood the value of forests to their business, and has participated in numerous forest restoration projects, as well as wetland restoration projects. this commitment will be funded by Duke Energy.

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The Forest Health Initiative
Conduct three-year, three-acre test plots
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: USA, Central Appalachian Forests
Date of completion: 2015
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