Rights-of-way offer unique conservation opportunities by connecting landscapes and providing a generally stable habitat protected from future development. The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, composed of multiple industries and unique partnerships, is working to support pollinators and other wildlife, inspired by the population declines in insect pollinator species and the potential listing of the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The group is currently working on a voluntary agreement to enhance and sustain monarch butterfly habitat, and in turn will receive regulatory assurances that no additional management activities will be required if the butterfly becomes listed.
- How ESA tools like Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAA) can be used to provide important conservation that may influence future ESA listing decisions
- What is included in the National Monarch Butterfly CCAA for Energy and Transportation Lands
- Ways partners can engage in the CCAA effort and benefits of participating now
- Iris Caldwell, Program Manager- Sustainable Landscapes, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Dan Salas, Senior Ecologist, Cardno
- Laurel Hill, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service