Faculty in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are collaborating on a project that aims to balance protection of wildlife with the development of alternative energy resources:
Todd Katzner, West Virginia University assistant professor in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, and Phil Turk, assistant professor of statistics, are working on a project to provide a framework for safer and less controversial development of wind power.
The mid-Atlantic region is a primary focus for wind power development. The region also holds a special responsibility for the conservation of the eastern population of North America’s golden eagles. These birds breed in northeastern Canada and winter in the central and southern Appalachians.
Katzner and Turk are trying to guide the development of wind power as an alternative to fuels, while keeping the migratory pathways safe for golden eagles.
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