Pollinator Opportunities Within Rights-of-Way Model

Pollinator enhancement project design at transmission corridor

Cardno created an innovative, science-based, decision-making model to help focus resources on conserving bee habitats to address pollinator declines and benefit human livelihood.

Our team of experts developed the Pollinator Opportunities Within Rights-of-Way (POWR) Model to assist rights-of-way (ROW) managers for the American Transmission Company (ATC) in identifying, prioritizing, and allocating actions to promote pollinator conservation in their management footprint.

Our team used spatial and decision analysis modeling to inform how and where to conserve targets and achieve objectives. The model helps ROW managers focus their pollinator conservation efforts in areas that restore landscape connections, provide nesting habitat and corridors for pollinator movement, and sustain pollen and nectar resources.

A key outcome of the project was our work with ATC, using the POWR model to identify priority pollination conservation areas across 7,900 miles of the company’s ROW in Wisconsin.

These findings have helped inform ATC’s future conservation decisions related to pollinators. From targeting where to install volunteer-based plantings, to where pollinator seed mixes are applied, and where integrated vegetation management can enhance habitat, Cardno’s efforts are leading to further refinement of pollinator conservation science and leading to more restoration opportunities.

The outcomes of this model have garnered interest from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, and other ROW managers.