DE Employees Partner with Landowner to Restore 100 year old Native Forest Near Columbus, Ohio

Dominion Energy volunteers,  landowner David Hague, Mayor Gray, City Manager Butcher, and Coyote Run volunteer Mike Bluemel who specializes in invasive control effort

DE Employees Partner with Landowner to Restore 100 year old Native Forest Near Columbus, Ohio Positioned 16 miles outside bustling Columbus, Ohio lies a serene 100 year old forest and prairie lands with over 20 wetlands and vernal pools. This area serves as a complete ecosystem to five different types of salamanders, red headed wood peckers, mink, and fox. Landowners David Hague and Tammy Miller have committed to restore a portion of the 900 acres of land to its natural state, striving to create and sustain this wildlife refuge away from the lights and sounds of the city with educational value. Over the years, David and Tammy have worked closely with conservation groups and educators and were recently joined by Dominion Energy volunteers thanks to the enthusiasm of employees serving in that area.

Coyote Run Farms is located in Pickerington, Ohio, and includes a right-of-way for Dominion Energy Transmission’s TL 400. Senior land agent Tom Burns was amazed by the work he saw at Coyote Run Farms and wanted to lend an extra hand to support their conservation efforts. With support from DETI’s manager of gas transmission James Peagler, Tom and James led a team of volunteers from DETI operations in Groveport, Newark, and Washington, Ohio.

Mr. Hague explains his relationship with Tom as uncertain at first. “I was concerned for our land and wanted to make sure it was preserved and respected. I soon realized Tom’s sincerity and trusted that he shared our same appreciation for these lands.” David commended the work accomplished by Dominion Energy volunteers to control invasive species and plant 64 native trees saying, “Dominion Energy is the first company to send their employees to volunteer and have set the bar high for future volunteers.”

Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray and City Manager Greg Butcher were also on site to welcome the volunteers saying, “This property is a diamond at the edge of our community. We wanted to make sure we welcomed Dominion Energy’s volunteers to our town and recognize their fantastic culture of volunteering,” Mayor Gray added.

Dominion Energy is committed to working with our neighbors to support and create conservation opportunities. In addition to volunteer activities such as this, Dominion Energy is an active financial supporter of community environmental projects, most recently awarding $1.6 million in grants through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, to 135 organizations working to improve natural spaces or teach about the environment.