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The Contribution of Powerline Rights-of-Way to the Ecological Health of the Chicago Metropolitan Region
February 2, 2023
Geospatial Database: Exporting and Reporting
January 17, 2023
Research Roundtable: Habitat Management on ROWs
December 7, 2022
Geospatial Database: Importing Data
December 6, 2022
DOT Monarch CCAA Roundtable
November 16, 2022
Case Study: Hoosier Energy’s Approach to Monarch CCAA Implementation
November 9, 2022
Geospatial Database: Introduction
October 18, 2022
Research Roundtable: Rare Plants and Biodiversity Value of ROWs
August 30, 2022
Intentional Vegetation Management – Tools and Resources for Compatible Species
July 19, 2022
This webinar discusses a new suite of tools developed by the Utility Arborist Association’s Environmental Stewardship Committee to support the management of compatible species and biodiversity on rights-of-way. These tools are intended to be used alongside the new Integrated Vegetation Management Best Management Practice, 3rd edition, and are demonstrated during the webinar.
Pipeline and Sustainable Vegetation Management
July 13, 2022
This webinar explores how midstream oil and gas companies can manage their rights-of-way in a sustainable and pollinator-friendly way. American Petroleum Institute will share newly published guidance on how pipeline operators and managers can identify, plan, implement, and mature conservation practices to maintain the highest standards of safety while also achieving benefits for the natural environment, the community, and their organizations. Marathon Pipeline and Shell shared case studies of their initiatives in practice.
ROW Sustainability Summit – Collaborative Conservation & Building Effective Partnerships
June 30, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, several presenters discuss the benefits of partnerships and collaborative conservation efforts on ROWs.
ROW Sustainability Summit – Herbicides: An Integrative Tool in the Habitat Management Toolbox
June 30, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, several presenters discuss the use of herbicides in habitat management on ROWs.
ROW Sustainability Summit – ROW Conservation for Midstream Oil & Natural Gas Operators
June 30, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, Robin Rorick of the American Petroleum Institute discusses the challenges and opportunities presented to midstream oil & natural gas operators in ROW conservation efforts.
ROW Sustainability Summit – Connecting IVM to Environmental, Social, and Governance Disclosures
June 29, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, John Steelman of Grow with Trees discusses the connection between Integrated Vegetation Management and Environmental, Social, and Governance Disclosures on ROWs.
ROW Sustainability Summit – Compatible Vegetation Companion Guide, and Scope of Work
June 29, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, Dan Salas of Stantec discusses the use of the Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Companion Guide and Scope of Work Guide for ROWs.
ROW Sustainability Summit – Building the Business Case for IVM
June 29, 2022
In this presentation given at the 2022 ROW Sustainability Summit, Amy Murray of Utility Arborist Association discusses the use programmatic Intentional Vegetation Management (IVM) on ROWs.
Rights-of-Way as Working Habitat: Strategic Roadmap Webinar – Part 2
June 16, 2022
The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group continues a strategic road-mapping exercise to determine the next steps for the Working Group. This webinar reviews the Working Group’s big picture findings, purpose and priorities, network structure, and more.
A New Bumble Bee Conservation Effort for Energy and Transportation Lands Takes Flight
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.
Case Study: National Grid’s Monarch CCAA Monitoring Plan
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).
Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group: Strategic Roadmap Webinar
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.
Research Roundtable: Solar Power and Pollinators
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.
NiSource Case Study: Monarch Butterfly CCAA
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).
Case Study Kandiyohi County’s Monarch CCAA Program
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.
Research Roundtable: Monarchs and Milkweeds
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.
American Electric Power Electric Utility Right-Of-Way (ROW) Regional Seed Mix Pilot Projects
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.
Utilizing Highway Rights of Way to Restore Ecological Resources
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.
Research Roundtable: Rights-of-Way and Pollinators
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.
Case Study: Duke Energy’s Monarch CCAA Program
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.
Research Roundtable: Pollinator Habitat Establishment and First Year Management
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.
Case Study: Oklahoma DOT’s Approach to the Monarch CCAA
March 4, 2021
Learn how Oklahoma DOT determined their enrolled lands and adopted acres for habitat management for the Monarch CCAA.
Update: Using the Pollinator Habitat Scorecard v2.1
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.
Virginia DOT’s Approach to Enrolling in the Monarch CCAA
November 5, 2020
Virginia DOT shares their story of enrolling in the Monarch CCAA, from application to implementation and monitoring.
Understanding Barriers and Incentives to Voluntary Conservation Opportunities Under U.S. ESA
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.
Case Study: VTrans and the Monarch CCAA
October 1, 2020
Learn how they navigated the application process and how they are approaching implementation and monitoring on their enrolled lands.
The Monarch CCAA and East Central Energy
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.
Case Study: Texas DOT and the Monarch 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.
Maine DOT and the Monarch CCAA
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.
The Monarch CCAA: Promoting Monarch Conservation on Energy and Transportation Lands
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.
Caltrans Case Study: Estimating Enrolled Using a GIS Model of Milkweed Sustainability
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.
Nationwide Monarch CCAA Update: Enroll Now!
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.
First Energy Case Study: Monarch CCAA
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.
MnDOT Approach to Monarch CCAA
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.
Delaware Department of Transportation: Approach to the CCAA
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.
A Series of Guiding Webinars on Habitat Implementation: Telling Your Pollinator Habitat Story
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.
ATC Monarch CCAA Implementation Planning
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.
A Series of Guiding Webinars on Habitat Implementation: Using the Pollinator Habitat Scorecard
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.
ODOT Business Case for Enrolling in the CCAA
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.
Pollinator Conservation and Monarch CCAA: A Company’s Perspective
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.
Electric Cooperatives and the Monarch Butterfly CCAA
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.
A Series of Guiding Webinars on Habitat Implementation: Enhancing What’s Already There
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.
The Monarch CCAA: What You Need to Know and How to Enroll
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.
A Series of Guiding Webinars on Habitat Implementation: Seeding Native Habitat on Rights-of-Way
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.
Pollinator Habitat In Practice: Using IVM to Enhance Habitat on Gas Pipeline Rights-of-Way
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.
Conservation Mowing: A Roadside Vegetation Management Strategy in Ohio
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.
Pollinator Habitat in Practice: Case Studies from Rural Electric Cooperatives
November 7, 2018
This webinar presents two perspectives on how rural electric cooperatives are building pollinator habitat programs into their everyday operations.
Pollinator Friendly Solar: Setting State Standards
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.
An Overview and Update on the Nationwide Monarch CCAA for Energy and Transportation Lands
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.
Monarchs & Roadsides: Mowing Practices
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.
Monarchs & Roadsides: A Research Update
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.
Pollinator Habitat in Practice: The Green Line – Where Science and Community Stewardship Meet
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
Monarch Habitat Exchange Program
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.
Rights-of-Way Imaging & Vegetation Analysis – Part 2
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.
Right-of-Way Pavement Condition and Habitat Assessments
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.
Pollinator Habitat in Practice: Noble Energy’s Pipeline Right-of-Way Project in Northeast Colorado
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.
Opportunities for Pollinators Along Right -Of-Way
August 18, 2015
This webinar provides an overview of opportunities for pollinators along transportation and energy rights-of-way.