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Pipeline restoration work creates new habitat for bees, butterflies

Tom Hess has worked with many companies during his 28-year career as an environmental inspector.

In many cases, Hess has experienced clients who tolerate his environmental recommendations, or do only what’s required — often with pressure.

Thus, Hess wasn’t sure what to expect when he proposed spending extra money to restore construction areas on a major natural gas pipeline project for Michigan-based Consumers Energy. He suggested using seed mix containing native grasses and wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators losing habitat across the country.

Agriculture: Protecting the Monarch Butterfly

Monsanto Vice President Ty Vaughn discusses agriculture's impact on conserving monarch butterfly populations.

I grew up working on my grandparent’s dairy farm in Ohio.  My father grew up on that farm and tells stories of his father paying him to pull milkweed out of their fields.  It was a weed that threatened their crops.  When I first started talking to him four years ago about the importance of reestablishing habitat, including milkweed, on agricultural lands, he thought I was crazy.  Now he’s rethinking his position.

Earth Week Guest Post: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators

By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership www.pollinator.org

By Laurie Davies Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Monsanto Announce Commitment To Help Monarch Butterflies

Monsanto is the First Company to Contribute to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Monsanto Company announced today a commitment to partner in support of NFWF’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. As the first company to contribute to NFWF’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monsanto will provide $3.6 million over three years to match funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies that will support habitat restoration, education, outreach and milkweed seed production to benefit monarch butterflies.

One Voice Makes a Difference, as Norfolk Southern Gives Wings to a Rooftop Garden


A rooftop butterfly garden might be the last thing you’d expect in the concrete and steel environment of downtown Norfolk, Va. However, that’s exactly what you’ll find on the roof near Sarah Cunningham’s third-floor office space at Norfolk Southern’s McKinnon Building headquarters.

Federally Protected Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Emerges as Landfill Celebrates Habitat Award

Bay Checkerspot butterfly “effect” responsible for model conservation plans
Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – In its latest reverberation, the Bay Checkerspot butterfly and its caretakers were able to garner the Wildlife Habitat Council’s 2013 Corporate Habitat of the Year Award. The Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on working lands through partnerships and education.

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