A number of recent federal and state conservation strategies for pollinators, including the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators released by the White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force in May 2015, identify utility and transportation rights-of-way as key to the success of widespread pollinator habitat development.


The ERC facilitates a Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group focused on the utility and transportation sectors. The working group provides a forum to collaborate and share ideas, best practices, and other information to promote successful habitat projects along rights-of-way.

Check out this one-page summary of the working group.


The next Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting will be held on May 3 – 4, 2017 at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Chicago, IL. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Past Meetings

The initial working group meeting was held on July 23, 2015. The meeting agenda can be found here.

The second meeting of the working group was held on January 19, 2016. The meeting agenda can be found here.

The third meeting of the working group was held on July 27 - July 28, 2016.  The meeting agenda can be found here.

Copies of speaker presentations can be accessed through the link to the Working Group Resources Page on the right.

Webinar Recordings

Opportunities for Pollinators Along Right -Of-Way

Pollinator Habitat in Practice: Noble Energy's Pipeline Right-of-Way Project in Northeast Colorado

Right-of-Way Pavement Condition and Habitat Assessments
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Rights-of-Way Imaging & Vegetation Analysis – Part 2

Monarch Habitat Exchange Program

Funding for the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group has been generously provided by the following sponsor organizations.

Program Contact

Iris Caldwell, PE
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Working Group Resources Page
Meet Our Team

Iris Caldwell at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum butterfly exhibit.

Dr. Steffen Mueller at family-owned beehives.