Many species of birds, bees, and other pollinators face a precarious future in our urbanizing landscapes. Biodiversity is threatened at local to regional scales by habitat degradation. But there is some hopeful news: homeowners, individuals, organizations, and corporations that influence perceptions and decisions around land management from the neighborhood, municipal, or larger levels can change the current trajectory of biodiversity loss in residential ecosystems!

Dr. Susannah Lerman of the USDA Forest Service will share easy and no-cost actions that can result in more functional habitats around us.

Dr. Vince D’Amico from the USDA Forest Service will introduce current findings on the biodiversity dynamics of local woodlands, and best practices in care and stewardship that can improve ecological processes and reduce risk of tick-borne illnesses.

Randy Miller from CN Utility Consulting will share industry best practices in Integrated Vegetation Management designed to protect biodiversity along utility rights-of-way (electric, pipeline, roadway and railway).