BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy announced a special deal they have worked out with a local wildlife rehab facility. The Brunswick Plant will be leasing land to Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter to build a brand new facility.
“The Brunswick plant has always been community supportive. They are environmentally sensitive right here, and I’m very, very glad to recognize that and to thank them for doing this because that’s their property,” said Mary Ellen Rogers, who is the President of the rehab facility.
Rogers and her volunteers at Sea Biscuit Wildlife Sanctuary are energized about this new property.
Duke Energy’s Brunswick plant is giving the shelter almost four acres of land.
“We realized they were running out of space. Every time they had an outreach with the public, they would take the birds somewhere rather than having a place where the public could come and see the bird’s in their home, of where they’re being rehabbed,” said Randy Gideon, who is the Site Vice President.
Gideon says they will lease the land to the shelter.
Rogers says this land will let them rehab more than just birds. It is also an opportunity for more events and much more room to grow.
“In this new facility, we’re going to have a large classroom or mini auditorium. It’ll be enough room to handle 40 or 50 people, and to have them come in, sit down and look at them and listen to a presentation,” said Rogers.
Rogers says the shelter has grown so much since it opened in 2007. She says this new land will make sure it stays growing.
The new facility will near Bill Smith Park, just off Fish Factory Road.
Rogers’s goal is to have it up and running in the next two years. She says they have already started applying for grants to fund the project.