“Leave things better than you found them.”
It’s one of those life lessons nearly everyone learns, but not always applies. On June 27, three Basin Electric employees demonstrated how the cooperative puts those words into action.
Basin Electric employees Kevin Solie, senior water quality/waste management coordinator, and Kyle Opp and Darrell Schulz, both general mechanics, helped finish a tree- and shrub-replacement effort at PrairieWinds 1 south of Minot, ND.
Approximately 989 trees and 345 shrubs were removed during construction of the 115.5-megawatt wind project, which was completed in December 2009. Twenty-three landowners were contacted and given the choice of having the replacement trees or shrubs planted on their property or waiving the replanting and allowing these replacement trees or shrubs to be planted in an alternate location.
Per North Dakota Public Service Commission policy, replacement trees and shrubs were planted on a two-for one-basis, meaning about 1,978 trees and 690 shrubs were needed as replacements.