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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Vegetation Management: Opportunities for Conservation Education, Habitat Enhancement, and Sustainability


    Businesses that integrate biodiversity management and community outreach into their daily operations are well-positioned to have a competitive advantage.  Biodiversity, community outreach, and sustainability goals are an integral part of a strategic sustainability plan. Utility companies can be included in this concept by looking to their rights-of-ways to meet these goals.  As demonstrated by several success stories, vegetation management can successfully be utilized to go above and beyond the objectives of reliability and land management to implement programs promoting environmental stewardship. On-the-ground initiatives in partnership with ENGOs can target native ecosystems restoration, control of invasive species, enhancement of pollinator habitat, corridor creation for migratory species, as well as climate change adaptation to name just a few. These types of initiatives can in turn improve relationships with stakeholders as well as lower vegetation management costs. Come learn how companies have applied these concepts on power line and pipeline rights-of-way while realizing the benefits of being recognized as an environmental leader.


    Josiane Bonneau joined the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2005 and currently holds the position of Director of Field Programs.  In her role, she oversees development and implementation of voluntary biodiversity programs at corporate facilities. She also works to integrate WHC programs as part of global corporate sustainability strategies and oversees WHC’s international expansion.  While attending Université du Québec à Montréal, she received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and pursued a Master of Science in Forest Conservation.  Ms. Bonneau is highly skilled in many disciplines, including, but not limited to GIS, natural resources mining management, forestry and linear infrastructure planning.

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