ComEd is enhancing the wildlife habitat of their rights-of-way to benefit pollinator populations in the Midwest
Pollinator populations world-wide are in decline due to habitat loss. ComEd, an electric utility, has worked with our teams for many years, incorporating native prairie habitat on its transmission rights-of way (ROWs). Their goal? Enhance these habitats to benefit populations of declining pollinator species like the monarch butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee.
Since restoration on a large scale can be costly and time consuming, we helped ComEd explore strategic ways to improve ROWs pollinator habitats effectively and efficiently.
Our team researched pollinator habitat requirements and built a predictive geographic information system (GIS) model. The resulting map identified areas with the greatest potential for successful pollinator habitat enhancement within ComEd’s service territory. This map was compared with aerial photography and the locations of ComEd’s ROWs to help create a short-list of high potential sites. These sites were field-assessed by our biologists for suitability.
This analysis allowed ComEd to focus their budget and restoration efforts in the areas where pollinator habitat enhancement would be more likely to succeed. These areas are currently being considered for restoration and management.
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