Join Dovetail Partners and Right-of-Way Stewardship Council at Minnesota Pollinators Forum on December 4th


Creating habitat for Minnesota's pollinators 



(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, on December 4th at the Environmental Initiative's Policy Forum Series: Creating Habitat for Minnesota's Pollinators. The forum will examine the status of insect pollinators in Minnesota and efforts to understand, protect, and support their populations. Registration is open until 5:00pm on December 1st. Need based scholarships are available upon request.


The forum will  focus on current efforts and strategic opportunities (such as the development of "pollinator corridors") to create additional habitat on both public and private lands. Questions to be addressed include:


  • What are the impacts of pollinator decline on Minnesota's economy and environment?
  • What policies and funding are in place to address this issue?
  • What more can we do to create and improve habitat on public lands and rights-of-way and to incentivize private landowners to create and improve habitat for insect pollinators?


Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director, will speak on a panel on behalf of the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC), highlighting its efforts to accredit implementation of Integrated Vegetation Management practices along electric transmission rights of way. Sustainable best management practices for utility corridor vegetation management will be discussed as an effective technique for promoting pollinator habitat. Dovetail Partners serves as the ROWSC program administrator. The panel's topic of discussion will be Managing Public Lands and Right-of-Way to Benefit Insect Pollinator Habitat.


The Policy Forum Series: Creating Habitat for Minnesota's Pollinators will take place from 8:00am to noon (CST) on Thursday December 4th, 2014 at the Hamline University Klas Center in St. Paul, MN. For registration and agenda, visit:



About Right-of-Way Stewardship Council 
Right-of-Way Stewardship Council is an accreditation program that is being pursued by a diverse group of stakeholders to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship along rights-of-way (ROW) and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. It establishes standards for responsible ROW vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns. 


About Environmental Initiative
Environmental Initiative is a non-profit organization focused on building partnerships needed to address complex environmental issues through use of collaborative events, facilitated conversations and action-based projects.