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May 17, 2022
The Monarch CCAA for Energy and Transportation Lands has spurred unprecedented conservation efforts for monarch butterflies across the nation. Building on this success, UIC and USFWS are exploring the creation of a companion agreement aimed at conserving habitat needs for multiple at-risk bumble bee species across North America. This multi-species bumble bee conservation agreement is being developed to focus on six listed or petitioned bumble bee species. In this webinar, we share an overview of why this agreement is important now, what is currently included in the proposal, and the next steps.
May 5, 2022
This case study provides an overview of National Grid’s involvement in the monitoring of native plants and other conservation efforts as a partner of the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA).
November 30, 2021
The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group is kicking off a strategic road-mapping exercise to determine the next steps for the Working Group. This webinar reviews feedback received from Working Group participants and the ongoing process for planning the future of the Working Group.
November 10, 2021
The fourth webinar in our research roundtable series focuses on the latest research on co-locating pollinator habitat with solar technologies, including the ecological, agricultural, and performance benefits and how solar scorecards are shaping this work.
November 4, 2021
This case study provides an overview of NiSource’s biodiversity initiatives and subsequent enrollment in the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA).
September 2, 2021
This case study provides an overview of how one county in Minnesota decided to enrol in the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), making them the first county in the country to participate.
September 1, 2021
The third webinar in our Research Roundtable series focuses on current research on milkweed establishment and advancements in milkweed detection and monitoring on energy and transportation lands.
Including Integrated Habitat Management in the ROW Integrated Vegetation Management Process for Corporate and Ecological Win-Wins
June 21, 2021
This presentation explores how Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices on ROW can be modified to include a holistic Integrated Habitat Management (IHM) plan. Case studies include examples of IVM and IHM and address site selection, vegetation treatment and control methods, public engagement, data gathering, and information sharing, certifications, and long term monitoring programs associated.
June 21, 2021
This presentation covers pilot studies assessing the use of native seed mixes to establish the vegetation on utility ROW sites at three pilot study sites in the eastern, mid-western, and western portions of its service territory. American Electric Power is investigating the establishment of dense, regionally appropriate, native, herbaceous vegetation to provide better erosion control, improve drought tolerance, and inhibit tree establishment while promoting habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
June 21, 2021
In 2018, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) began utilizing conservation vegetation management practices on its system to benefit pollinators and other wildlife, subsequently saving Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars each year in maintenance costs. This presentation reviews the vegetation management steps taken by ODOT which includes mowing reduction, targeted herbicide application to control noxious and invasive weeds and encourage the establishment of high-value pollinator habitats, and testing native seed mixes for post-construction activities to control erosion, filter stormwater, and create pollinator habitat.
June 9, 2021
The second in our Research Roundtable webinar series focused current research on pollinator habitat along linear rights-of-way. Hear from three researchers investigating the presence and success of insect pollinators on energy and transportation rights-of-way.
May 6, 2021
This case study will showcase how Duke Energy approached their enrollment in the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) and how the program aligns with other stewardship and environmental compliance initiatives.
March 25, 2021
The first in our Research Roundtable webinar series, hear from four researchers looking at seed mix design, native vegetation establishment, and first-year maintenance of pollinator habitat. The brief presentations are followed by recap from the roundtable discussions.
March 4, 2021
Learn how Oklahoma DOT determined their enrolled lands and adopted acres for habitat management for the Monarch CCAA.
November 9, 2020
Learn about the latest updates to the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group’s Pollinator Scorecard, including how the scorecard can be used to meet the monitoring requirements of the Monarch CCAA. This video will also touch on plot selection and distribution, the associated management module, and how to interpret scorecard results.
November 5, 2020
Virginia DOT shares their story of enrolling in the Monarch CCAA, from application to implementation and monitoring.
October 26, 2020
Following the publication of a study by the Electric Power Research Institute that evaluated barriers and incentives to voluntary species conservation in the electric utility sector, representatives from across the energy, transportation, agriculture, non-profit, and government agencies discuss the future of voluntary conservation and multi-sector strategies for at-risk and listed species.
October 1, 2020
Learn how they navigated the application process and how they are approaching implementation and monitoring on their enrolled lands.
September 3, 2020
Learn how this electric cooperative uses integrated vegetation management to promote monarch habitat on their working lands in preparation for the CCAA.
August 6, 2020
This presentation provides one DOT’s perspective on enrolling in the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands.
May 7, 2020
This case study from Maine Department of Transportation provides their approach to enrolling in the Monarch CCAA and evaluating their system to determine where monarch butterfly habitat occurs.
April 24, 2020
Monarch Joint Venture hosted this webinar about the final Monarch CCAA agreement and opportunities for conservation partners to engage with and promote the CCAA.
March 5, 2020
This case study by the California Department of Transportation demonstrates the estimation process of enrolled acreage for the CCAA by using a GIS model of parameters based on habitat establishment requirements.
February 25, 2020
This webinar serves as an overview of the final Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands, expected to be approved this month. It covers a brief history of the CCAA, the upcoming listing decision, implementation requirements, and more.
February 6, 2020
This case study provides First Energy’s plan for the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how this electric utility is approaching the CCAA and its preparation for enrollment.
February 6, 2020
This presentation provides Minnesota DOT’s perspective on the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how the Department of Transportation is approaching the CCAA and its preparation for enrollment.
January 9, 2020
This presentation provides a DOT’s perspective on enrolling in the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how Delaware DOT has approached preparing to enroll in the CCAA, including their challenges and opportunities.
January 8, 2020
This webinar will give insights on telling your habitat story, strategies for developing a successful communications campaign, and best practices for reaching your audience. The webinar will also include specific examples and recommendations for integrating pollinator habitat into your personal and professional communications.
October 3, 2019
This presentation provides a utility’s perspective on enrolling in the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how ATC is planning on their implementing conservation measures and enrolling their system into the CCAA.
August 13, 2019
This webinar will introduce the recently finalized Pollinator Scorecard developed by the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group’s Metrics & Targets Task Force. The Pollinator Scorecard provides a method for evaluating habitat quality and the compatibility of vegetation management with pollinator habitat on energy and transportation lands. Key topics will include: an overview of the multi-tiered scorecard, step-by-step instructions on using the scorecard, and other considerations and recommendations.
August 1, 2019
This presentation provides one department of transportation’s perspective on enrolling in the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how Ohio DOT is finding opportunities for pollinator habitat across their system.
August 1, 2019
This presentation provides one utility’s perspective on enrolling in the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands. Hear how Evergy is evaluating their system of operations to find opportunities for pollinator habitat.
August 1, 2019
This presentation provides an overview of how the Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Monarch Butterfly on Energy and Transportation Lands applies to rural electric cooperatives and supports a number of current pollinator habitat initiatives.
July 30, 2019
This webinar provides an overview of enhancing existing vegetation to promote pollinator habitat on rights-of-ways. Key topics will include: setting habitat objectives within existing vegetation management activities, performing site assessments, reviewing available management tools, and managing threats such as invasive species.
May 16, 2019
The Monarch CCAA is expected to be finalized in March 2020 and open for enrollment immediately thereafter. This webinar covers information about this conservation opportunity and how your organization can participate.
April 18, 2019
This webinar provides an overview of seeding native habitat on rights-of-way. Key topics include: fundamentals of seed mix design; native seed sourcing and supply; site assessment and preparation; different techniques for field implementation; and considerations for subsequent maintenance and management.
January 15, 2019
This webinar provides a vivid example of how one company, Enable Midstream, elevated their vegetation management practices above and beyond standard IVM practices to provide an Integrated Habitat Management approach benefiting both wildlife and long term maintenance.
December 17, 2018
This webinar presents the conservation mowing techniques implemented by the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide pollinator habitat on its rights-of-way, including reduced mowing frequency and strategic herbicide use.
November 7, 2018
This webinar presents two perspectives on how rural electric cooperatives are building pollinator habitat programs into their everyday operations.
October 4, 2018
This webinar presents an overview of state standards for solar pollinator habitat across the United States. Webinar presenters share their perspectives on the development of these standards, coordination among stakeholders, unique considerations by state, and experiences with their implementation.
September 20, 2018
The Nationwide Monarch CCAA for Energy and Transportation Lands presents an unprecedented opportunity to facilitate conservation actions for monarchs across the nation. Through the current partnership of more than two dozen energy and transportation organizations, members of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group are undertaking one of the largest scale CCAAs to date and under one of the fastest timelines pursued to develop this conservation agreement.
June 27, 2018
This webinar presents three perspectives on mowing practices along roadsides and how they impact monarch butterflies and their habitat. Presenters are Edward Entsminger, Mississippi State University; Stephanie Dobbs, Illinois Department of Transportation; and Doug Landis, Michigan State University.
April 19, 2018
This webinar highlights current research by Monarch Joint Venture, Oklahoma State University, and Iowa State University on investigating roadside habitat for monarch butterflies. Alison Cariveau, Kristen Baum, Tyler Grant, Teresa Blader, and Anuj Sharma present topics including roadside milkweed response to mowing, facilitated milkweed density monitoring, and machine learning to improve milkweed identification.
Mar 28, 2018
Seattle City Light, The Common Acre and several other community-based stewardship groups have initiated an effort to suppress tree and weed growth, while promoting pollinator habitat on a transmission right-of-way in the Duwamish Valley. David Bayer, Rory Denovan, Bob Redmond, Alison Rinard, and Evan Sugden present how The Green Line connects degraded remnant habitat fragments, extensive industrial barrens, underserved neighborhoods and the estuary Duwamish River. This effort uses a novel mix of science-based adaptive management and community-based stewardship to improve a seemingly-hopeless pollinator habitat.
Seattle City Light’s handout on Principles of Ecological Vegetation Management for Utility Rights-of-Way
December 9, 2016
David Wolfe and Audrey Archer present on how the Environmental Defense Fund will present a new conservation delivery approach to restore monarch habitat, with a focus on working lands: the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange. Topics will include (1) basic elements of habitat exchanges; (2) the Monarch Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT) developed in collaboration with lead monarch scientists and other partners; (3) an inside look at the key habitat attributes for monarchs, how scores are calculated, and the advantages of measuring outcomes; (4) the multi-dimensional benefits to monarch habitat restoration; (5) incentives for both investors and landowners in participating in a habitat exchange; and (6) the current status of exchange development.
June 21, 2016
This second part in the webinar series on rights-of-way imaging and vegetation analysis will include presentations from Tom Sullivan of Right-of-Way Stewardship Council, Jason Carlson and Fugui Wang of Applied Ecological Services, Inc., and Mark Heffley of Remsoft. The presenters will discuss integrated vegetation management techniques and opportunities to optimize these practices through imaging and other technologies.
May 3, 2016
Part of a webinar series to further expand the discussion of the military-grade imaging technology and opportunities for its application in rights-of-way and vegetation management. Check it out if you’re responsible for vegetation management in corridor properties – whether for pipeline, electric transmission, transportation or other linear projects – you will be interested to learn how new imaging processes can improve your monitoring and add efficiency and cost-savings to your operation.
December 2, 2015
A panel of presenters from both the public and private sectors will share their perspectives and experience on the Lillifield Pipeline project: a collaborative effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, Noble Energy, and non-profit organizations to install pollinator habitat along a quarter mile stretch of pipeline on the Pawnee National Grasslands in Northeast Colorado. Noe May, Mary Anne Chambers, Vern Koehler, and Robert Veldman present reasoning for site selection, project design and implementation, monitoring of plant and insect diversity, weed management, educational outreach, and successful collaboration between the project partners to monitor and manage the yearly plant and insect species changes.
August 18, 2015
This webinar provides an overview of opportunities for pollinators along transportation and energy rights-of-way.