(Star Tribune) July 3, 2021
In Minnesota, at least, the solar farms are generating more than electricity. Instead of turf, bare ground or gravel, the land beneath Enel’s Minnesota installations were all seeded with…Read more.
(T&D World) June 25, 2021
The industry responds to the monarch butterfly listing decision, subsequent legal and political challenges and continued population declines… Read more.
(Electrical Contractor) June 14, 2021
Utilities have an opportunity to take vegetation management along their power line rights-of-way (ROWs) beyond simple trimming and mowing, by… Read more.
(NY Times) May 31, 2021
The [Wyoming] Department of Transportation joined with the state wildlife agency and nonprofit groups to create a series of crossings, including the one pictured above. Collisions have dropped by… Read more.
(West Central Tribune) March 30, 2021
Kandiyohi County becomes first county in the state to successfully join the Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement for Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Land. As a participant in the conservation program, … Read more.
(Austonia) March 10, 2021
The Texas Department of Transportation is dedicating over a million acres of land, including 73,038 miles of center lanes, to the conservation of the iconic monarch butterfly… Read more.
(WTTW) December 11, 2020
Solar energy might be “green” compared to coal or petroleum, but massive utility-scale solar installations, encompassing thousands of acres of panels, aren’t necessarily eco-friendly… Read more.
An electric cooperative is among the first businesses to win federal recognition of its monarch butterfly conservation practices… Read more.
(GoErie) September 5, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to plant pollinator gardens in northwestern Pennsylvania… Read more.
(IndyStar) July 8, 2020
For more than a century Logansport’s electricity was generated using gritty black coal. Now, its latest generating facility will feature 80 acres of solar panels, and something far more attractive — Read more.
(Irish Examiner) June 4, 2020
Hundreds of specimens of a striking rare orchid have burst into flower on roadsides in one of Ireland’s first pollinator towns. Environmentalists say they have counted 363 individual bee orchids on verges in Midleton…Read more.
(WTTW) April 9, 2020
This week, UIC’s Energy Resources Center announced the culmination of a nearly three-year effort to develop a nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) related to the monarch… Read more.
(E&E News) April 8, 2020
The Fish and Wildlife Service today unveiled a sweeping, multistate plan to protect the monarch butterfly without adding it to the Endangered Species Act list. A long time in the making, the plan called, in part, a “candidate conservation” agreement unites state and federal officials with energy and transportation industry leaders on a common cause….Read more.
(Western Monarch Count) March 2020
Results from the 2019 Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count are now available! The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count and New Year’s Count are the product of annual monitoring efforts by volunteer community scientists to collect data on the status of monarch populations overwintering along the California coast (and a few sites from inland areas). Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of these volunteers, we have over 20 years of data demonstrating… Read more.
(T & D World) January 14, 2020
There is a new and urgent focus among electric and gas utilities to reconsider their land management practices in light of declining insect populations worldwide. This includes the iconic orange-and-black monarch butterfly, which may be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as soon as next year… Read more.
(IECA Environmental Connection) Oct/Nov 2019
When planning your erosion control projects, keep in mind that seed mixes can be enhanced with wildflowers that are vital to domesticated and wild pollinators. Many erosion control projects are…Read more.
(The Conversation) October 3, 2019
Ecologically, the swaths of open, scrubby landscapes under transmission lines support a rich and complex menagerie of life, absent in the… Read more.
(The New York Times) September 16, 2019
NASHVILLE — A few years ago I started noticing wildflowers blooming beside the highway: ironweed and goldenrod and snakeroot and black-eyed Susan. The first time it happened the sun was in my eyes as I drove west toward…Read more.
(The Morning Call) September 02, 2019
Nature seems to take its course in the vibrant hues and quiet activities at a patch of earth between Route 309 and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. This is PPL Electric Utilities’ test garden at its Walbert Conference Center in South Whitehall Township, a project first seeded in 2017 that’s now bearing flowers and bringing birds, bees and other wildlife to areas beneath giant transmission towers and wires… Read More.
(University of Dayton) August 8, 2019
In less than two years, the University of Dayton has transformed the front lawn of Daniel J. Curran Place into a “living laboratory” dedicated to sustainability. A solar array was installed in 2018 and… Read more.
(The Guardian) July 18, 2019
Catastrophic news for insect life has inspired communities and councils around the UK to take action, generating splashes of summer colour which hope to have a lasting impact. Below, readers share some of their local successes, including thoughts about how leaving nature to run its course by standing back rather than taking action can help – and explain how they have been getting involved in community projects big and small. Read more.
(T & D World) June 2019
There is a new and urgent focus among electric and gas utilities to reconsider their land management practices in light of declining insect populations worldwide. This includes the iconic orange-and-black monarch butterfly, which may be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as soon as next year. Read more
(CBC) April 22, 2019
A partnership between the City of Calgary, loads of nature-loving students and select universities is blooming into something exciting. A so-called bee boulevard was created a couple of years ago on Canyon Meadows Drive, and this winter researchers identified an endangered pollinator frequenting the blooms. Read More
(WHYY) April 09, 2019
When Route 301 was built, the Delaware Department of Transportation was required to offset some of the land it paved over with property left in a natural state. It spurred planting 250,000 tree saplings along the new 14-mile highway in Southern New Castle County but also gave birth to a 43-acre wildflower meadow. The first-of-its-kind offset project seeks to fulfill DelDOT’s environmental requirements while at the same time supporting bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Read More
(EPRI Journal) April 4, 2019
Study identified 10.7 million acres in transmission rights-of-way as potential monarch habitat—about 8.5% of the total needed for monarch restoration and a potentially meaningful contribution. Tim Lohner, PhD consulting environmental specialist at American Electric Power (AEP), estimated conservatively that utility conservation efforts on these land corridors could yield enough milkweed for more than 12 million monarchs, or about 5% of a fully recovered population. Read More
(NREL Transforming Energy) April 2, 2019
Low-Impact Development of Solar Installations Could Be Win-Win-Win for Food, Water, and Renewable Energy
On a humid, overcast day in central Minnesota, a dozen researchers crouch in the grass between rows of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Only their bright yellow hard hats are clearly visible above the tall, nearly overgrown prarie grasses—which are growing exactly as expected…Read more.
(T & D World) February 08, 2019
American Transmission Co. has awarded collectively $58,600 to 27 recipients across its service area to plant trees and low-growing vegetation through two programs – the Community Planting and Pollinator Planting programs. Now in its sixth year, ATC has given more than 200 community awards for these projects totaling nearly $360,000. Read More
(Scientific American) January 18, 2019
A trend of planting wildflowers on solar sites could maintain habitat for disappearing bees and butterflies. Read More
(Utility Dive) October 12, 2018
Xcel Energy Minnesota will be the first utility in the U.S. to require disclosure of what type of vegetation will be planted with solar sites in all its future request for proposals. Read More
(Monarch Joint Venture) September 17, 2018
If you’ve driven along Ohio’s roadsides lately, you may have noticed something’s different. Less of the roadside is being mowed, and milkweed and other native wildflowers are flourishing in those areas. Read More
(PV Buzz) August 21, 2018
By studying solar energy facilities with pollinator habitats on site, researchers hope to rehabilitate pollinator populations that play a crucial role in the national and global agricultural industries. Read More
(America’s Electric Cooperatives) June 18, 2018
Electric cooperatives with territories that overlap critical monarch breeding areas and migration routes are devoting land and labor to reverse the decline of monarch butterfly and other key pollinator species. Read More
(UIC Today) June 19, 2018
A new, multi-sector partnership coordinated by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago is working together to develop a voluntary conservation agreement to aid the plight of the monarch butterfly. Read More
(North American Oil & Gas Pipelines)
Millions of acres of pipeline right-of-way crisscross all types of ecosystems. Maintaining vegetation along this land is a constant challenge and takes time and operating budget. Read More
(News Tribune) June 12, 2018
SPRINGFIELD — As concerns for declining pollinator species continue to buzz throughout the country, Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public of a change in mowing operations designed to encourage the growth of pollinator species along state roadsides. Read More
(WTMJ-TV) May 17, 2018
See how the American Transmission Company is trying to help create a monarch migration corridor and you can help! Read More
(Quad City Times) September 17, 2017
In a world where loss of habitat is causing a corresponding loss of life, the large amount of state- or government-controlled land along roadways, when taken together, represents a great opportunity to rebuild habitat. See how integrated vegetation management can help. Read More
(Pollinator Partnership) September 12, 2017
The 2017 North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Pollinator Roadside Management Award was presented today at the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association’s annual conference in Springfield, Missouri. NAPPC is administered by the Pollinator Partnership (P2); and P2’s Director of Public Affairs, Tom Van Arsdall, was present to acknowledge the awardees. Read More
(Monarch Joint Venture) August 29, 2017
It’s official! The state of Ohio’s first combined travel center and pollinator garden has been opened. This pollinator garden, at the rest area on I-75 south near Bowling Green, will serve as a prototype for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) planting projects at six other rest areas. Read More
(Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever) August 2, 2017
Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have forged a new partnership to manage for pollinator habitat and critical wildlife corridors throughout the state. Read More
(Winona Daily News) June 16, 2017
As part of the ongoing effort to raise awareness of pollinator habitat and preservation, the Monarch Highway is proud to launch its new logo during National Pollinator Week, June 18-25. Read More
(Bee Culture) May 27, 2017
Colorado became friendlier to pollinators this week by passing the “Colorado Pollinator Highway” Resolution HJR 1029. The Resolution sponsored by Representative KC Becker and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg passed both the House and Senate unanimously and designates Interstate 76 from the Nebraska state line to Arvada, Colorado. Read More
(Scientific American) May 19, 2017
Late last August, armed with a sweep net and identification guides, Sarah Piecuch was looking for butterflies. She trudged through waist-deep grasses, trying to keep her footing steady while tallying those she found fluttering through the sky or perched on nearby flowers. Read More
(Audubon) May 18, 2017
New Jersey may be dubbed the Garden State, but for many out-of-towners, it’s better known as a state full of asphalt and headaches, with its snarled parkways, smoggy turnpikes, and wallet-draining interstates. Read More
(Illinois Department of Transportation) May 15, 2017
To help revive the shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, the Illinois Department of Transportation is adjusting its mowing routine along state highways this spring and summer… Read More
(Midwest Energy News) May 5, 2017
A growing alliance of industry groups, environmentalists and government agencies are increasingly convinced that habitat restoration in rights-of-way corridors — including for electric transmission lines — could be key to propping up the region’s decimated pollinator population… Read More
In 1971 the Des Moines Register featured this article on a study at Cornell College (believed to be first of its kind) that looked at establishing native prairie plants along roadsides. Think how far we’ve come! Read More
(State of Minnesota) August 26, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton today issued Executive Order 16-07, requiring the state to take specific actions to reverse the decline of bees and other pollinator populations… Read More
(Massachusetts Energy & Environmental Affairs) August 24, 2016
State wildlife and transportation officials gathered today at the Route 3, Exit 5 Rest Area in Plymouth to announce a $21,500 grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service… Read More
(AASHTO News) May 26, 2016
Six state departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration signed a memorandum of agreement that will improve pollinator habitat along Interstate 35… Read More
(Electric Perspectives) April 2016
Electricity is the driving force of our modern world. It powers commerce and industry, enables critical advances in science and health care, and contributes … Read More
(Science News) January 21, 2016
Just sending more pollinators into action on small farms around the world could significantly boost crop yields, says a massive new study…
(Chicago Tribune) June 19, 2015
Eight-year-old Allison Penley can count on one hand the number of times she’s seen a monarch butterfly on a flower in her backyard: Two.. Read More
(Yale Environment 360) October 16, 2014
This article looks at how Power lines may allow smaller declining vegetation and wildlife to grow alongside the power lines through low growth vegetation. With the sharp decline in pollinators this seems like a viable solution. Read More