Monday September 9, 2019
Tuesday September 10, 2019

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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Duke Energy Convention Center 
525 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Reserve your lodging at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
The deadline to reserve your room within the discounted room block is August 19, 2019.


Caroline Hernandez 
Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago 

 Fall 2019 Rights-of-Way as

Habitat Working Group Meeting 

We are excited to be co-located with the Trees & Utilities Conference in September. Trees & Utilities is the chief learning and engagement event for utility vegetation managers and provides us a valuable opportunity to leverage this industry expertise and shared interests with our habitat-focused work. 

The Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group is a unique network of professionals from across the electric, gas, rail, and road industries. We work closely with industry leaders, government agencies, academia, and non-profit partners to collaborate, share ideas and best practices, and promote successful habitat conservation along rights-of-way and other managed lands. Everyone is welcome!

Join us for a mix of technical presentations, industry updates, breakout sessions, and networking with your peers! For even more, stay through the Trees & Utilities Conference on Wednesday and Thursday. Find more information below and on our DETAILED AGENDA.

** We are excited to offer International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEU credits for the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting! **

Monday, September 9, 2019 
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

9:00am – 12:00pm: For the early birds and habitat enthusiasts, there is an optional pollinator habitat field demonstration on Monday morning. We will do hands-on training of the newly developed Pollinator Habitat Scorecard on Ohio DOT’s right-of-way, then head to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to learn more about their ongoing pollinator initiatives.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Join us for a welcome lunch at the Cincinnati Zoo and network with ROW industry peers and partners. For those new to the working group, we will provide an introduction and background information.

1:00pm – 5:00pm: Learn from your peers and experts in a series of technical presentations focused on “green contracting” for habitat restoration and management and other program and project updates from across the utility and transportation sectors.

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Spend time with networking with your peers while enjoying a meet and greet with the Cincinnati Zoo's giraffes!


* WEB PARTICIPATION OPTION AVAILABLE: If you will not be attending in person but wish to join the Monday afternoon session of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group via webinar, please enter discount code 'ROWWebOnly' in the discount code box provided after selecting the 'Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group and Tuesday Trees and Utilities Opening Session Only' category.

Tuesday, September 10, 2010
Duke Energy Center

8:00am – 11:30am:  Roll up your sleeves for a series of working sessions on a variety of topics, including developing a communications toolkit for habitat on ROW, working with contractors to establish habitat-oriented specifications, and peer exchanges by sector on the monarch butterfly listing, CCAA implementation, pollinator habitat monitoring, and other lessons from 2019.

11:30am – 5:00pm: Included in your registration for the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group is the Trees & Utilities boxed lunch and opening ceremony. See more information below.

Trees & Utilities Conference

The annual Trees & Utilities Conference is a partnership between the Utility Arborist Association and the Arbor Day Foundation. The conference offers the latest in utility arboriculture research, best management practices, environmental concerns, current trends in vegetation management, continuing education credits, and trade shows for utility vegetation managers and associated urban forestry professionals.

More information can be found on their conference website. Check out the agenda for these exciting highlights:

  • Multi-track educational sessions providing CEUs
  • Presentations on hot topics such as climate change and habitat management, ESG reporting on habitat metrics, and enhancing IVM through integrated habitat management
  • Premiere screening of the UAA’s latest video The Pollinators
  • Magical safety message from  keynote speaker John Drebinger

Select one of the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group Meeting options.

Interested in sponsoring the workshop?

We are pleased to offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group meeting on September 9 – 10, 2019. More details can be found here

For more information and to register as a sponsor, please contact Caroline Hernandez at cah272@uic.edu.

Thank you to our current Sponsors!