About the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Geospatial Database
The ROW as Habitat Geospatial Database (the Database) allows energy and transportation organizations to store information about habitat restoration projects and conservation measures on existing and potential habitat through the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform. The Database also integrates the Pollinator Scorecard and other field data in order to track habitat quality and support organizations enrolled in the monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA). The Database aims to:
- Provide a central repository for tracking habitat & proposed habitat
- Promote voluntary conservation actions
- Facilitate conservation, collaborations, and partnerships
- Communicate conservation efforts with stakeholders and the public
- Engage resource agencies to help inform future listings
The Database was originally envisioned by industry partners in the ROW as Habitat Working Group. The initial pilot database was funded through grants from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Engineering and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Subsequently, UIC and the Field Museum received grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Federal Highway Administration to develop the full database platform and web interface.