When it comes to conservation, we believe working in partnership with others makes the most impact. That's why we are active partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. Through these partnerships we have abided by the philosophy of Running Right - helping clean rivers, study the impact of mining on wildlife and planting half a million trees a year, to cite a few examples.
Recently, we partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia Tech to conduct a scientific study to determine if endangered mussels were impacted by certain coal mining related activities. The preliminary results showed no discernable link.
Alpha also sponsored the first Coal Mining and the Aquatic Environment Symposium held in Abingdon, Virginia in 2007. This symposium brought together academic, regulatory and coal industry scientists to openly discuss ongoing and needed research on coal mining and its potential impacts upon sensitive aquatic species.
We support the Powell River Project through both monetary donations and active participation on the governing board and committees. And we fund other PRP environmental and energy-related projects.
As an active partner with The Nature Conservancy, we are working on a variety of projects. Included is an effort to prioritize Abandoned Mined Land restoration opportunities in the Clinch River and Powell River watershed to obtain a large post mining conservation easement, and participation in the Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative.
We also actively support and participate in the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative and encourage the use of the Forestry Reclamation Approach. Altogether Alpha plants around half a million trees a year. And together with Bristol Virginia Utilities, we have forged a conservation partnership that includes planting a tree for every electricity meter on the BVU system . The BVU partnership has also resulted in Alpha-sponsored environmental scholarship awards as part of their community scholarship program, and joint Earth Day and Arbor Day activities.
And last, but not least, we sponsor conservation groups such as The National Wild Turkey Federation, The Ruffed Grouse Society and Quail Forever.