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Program Overview

The Sustainable Landscapes research cluster is engaged in a number of coordination efforts focused on monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation across the United States and Canada, including:


  • Facilitating the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group to engage energy companies and transportation agencies in habitat conservation
  • Serving as state coordinator for the Illinois Monarch Project, which brings together individuals and organizations across the state to collaborate on monarch conservation
  • Administering a national, multi-sector collaborative effort to develop and implement a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the monarch butterfly on energy and transportation lands
  • Tracking existing and potential pollinator habitat managed by rights-of-way (ROW) organizations within the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Geospatial Database
  • Developing the Pollinator Scorecard to establish a consistent evaluation method for monitoring pollinator habitat and sharing data across ROW industries
  • Studying the potential for cross-sector collaboration on pollinator habitat on ROW in the Chicago region