Utility Arborist Association

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"Building Industry Collaboration around Pollinator Habitat Conservation"

  • July 19, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Join us as we bring to you our webinar
"Building Industry Collaboration around Pollinator Habitat Conservation"

Please register for Building Industry Collaboration around Pollinator Habitat Conservation on Jul 19, 2017 12:00 PM CDT 


  • Iris Caldwell, P.E., is Research Engineer at the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She facilitates the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group and other efforts to engage industries in habitat conservation and sustainability.
  • Marc Lambruschi is the GIS Specialist in the Field Museum's Keller Science Action Center, focusing on all things geospatial. He attended undergrad at DePaul University and received GIS certification, where he focused on mountain top removal in West Virginia. Recently he and his colleagues have finished developing a suit of geospatial tools to help planners and conservation managers identify monarch habitat in the urban environment. He's been with the musuem for the past 4 years.

The Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois-Chicago formed the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group in early 2015 to create a forum to collaborate, exchange information, and compile best practices related to pollinator habitat creation and management within transportation and utility rights-of-way and other operating facility lands. The working group has since attracted participation from over 160 public and private organizations, primarily from the transportation and utility sectors. In collaboration with a number of partner and advisory organizations, the ERC is currently developing a geospatial database of pollinator habitat located within rights-of-way. The database aggregates spatial data on existing habitat, including metrics to define the extent and quality of the habitat and promote strategic conservation and adaptive management. This project is first-of-its-kind to collect important data on the current role and value of rights-of-way for pollinator conservation. The database will elevate awareness of conservation efforts by rights-of-way organizations and will provide a framework for cross-sector collaboration, knowledge and technology transfer, and tracking habitat conservation work that will enhance successful on-the-ground efforts and connect to broader conservation initiatives. The presenters will provide an overview of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, the goals and current status of the geospatial database project, and opportunity.

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