Cardno supported the University of Illinois at Chicago with facilitation of a partnership between transportation and energy managers from across the United States. Potentially spanning more than 26 million acres of land over the lower 48 states, Cardno worked with over 45 collaborating organizations, agencies, and businesses to develop a Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the monarch butterfly.
"Completing this agreement is a huge boost for the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators on a landscape scale," Director of the USFWS Aurelia Skipwith said in a press release.
The agreement, finalized in April 2020, encourages partners to adopt measures that are beneficial to key wildlife species and pollinators. In addition, it was lauded by conservation groups, industry partners, and the USFWS for its collaboration and conservation commitments.