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Old 11-29-2019, 09:03 PM   #1
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:39 PM   #2
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Really nice to see projects like this! Finding suitable land for this kind of larger scope project is not as difficult as we might think.

There is a lot of land in the 'rights-of-way' category that is eminently suitable for establishing pollinator habitat. These rights-of-way pass through prime land as much as they do through 'waste' land. They provide opportunities to establish all kinds of habitat for many different species of plants and animals.

A rights-of-way can serve both a utility function and support an ecosystem function. We need to let the utility owners know that both functions are important to us, and to future generations.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:56 PM   #3
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Really nice to see projects like this! Finding suitable land for this kind of larger scope project is not as difficult as we might think.

There is a lot of land in the 'rights-of-way' category that is eminently suitable for establishing pollinator habitat. These rights-of-way pass through prime land as much as they do through 'waste' land. They provide opportunities to establish all kinds of habitat for many different species of plants and animals.

A rights-of-way can serve both a utility function and support an ecosystem function. We need to let the utility owners know that both functions are important to us, and to future generations.
Well said! Of course I totally agree, but it is reassuring that the process has bee happening, most recently with this power company. Near where I live is the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station of New Hampshire. They have groomed their surrounding property into animal friendly plants and shrubs. Yes, they could be more diligent, but just the fact that companies are thinking in this direction gives a small bit of hope in these dire times...
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Old 12-17-2019, 10:43 PM   #4
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There was a talk on youtube, have to see if I can find the link, its in this https://youtu.be/TX1aDWu3S_s or this https://youtu.be/gij_gjCsGHQ , with a bit about the potential of right of ways. Just imagine if powerline clearings that spanned the country were enhanced for pollinators and managed with consideration to the life cycles of wildlife.

Its nice to see a company doing something productive with their land that does not have an obvious financial benefit to them. I have been finding examples of this lately, I listened to this podcast today https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_for...m_campaign=evp , this billionaire is putting in $300 million of his own dollars to create a fund, and has gotten other big companies like Coca Cola interested in contributing. The purpose of this fund is basically to distort the market price of recycled plastic so it is equal to the price of virgin plastic. This alone would encourage the collection of used plastics and construction of new recycling facilities which would further drive the price down. It does seem that some goverments and big businesses are starting to make changes to account for the environmental problems we face today. There is also a huge project going on in Staten Island to turn an old landfill and wasteland into a native habitat. Sorry to take this thread all over the place, but I do like to look for good news sometimes.
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Old 12-18-2019, 11:41 AM   #5
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Powerline clearings have great potential as wildlife corridors. While actively birding on almost a daily basis some years ago, one of my favorite locations was a poweline corridor that ran through a protected forest. There was always much to see including insects, birds and mammals. That was in a corridor where nothing special had been done to foster a wildlife habitat. I can only imagine what one would be like if a concerted effort were made to make such corridors wildlife friendly...
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