INDIANAPOLIS — Corteva Agriscience has announced a 3-year partnership with the nation’s leading upland habitat conservation group, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, to enhance habitat within various non-crop areas to help improve plant and wildlife biodiversity throughout the United States. The partnership is structured to strengthen the Rights-of-Way & Energy (ROWE) Habitat Program, which Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever launched to assess and measurably improve habitat, biodiversity, and conservation on transportation, railway, oil and gas, electric and solar corridors across the country.
“Corteva Agriscience shares common goals with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” said Damon Palmer, Marketing Leader, U.S. Specialties, Corteva Agriscience. “We want to improve land stewardship to create healthier, diverse ecosystems that connect fragmented landscapes for significant habitat benefits. Together, we’ll work to help industry professionals enhance everything from biodiversity and conservation efforts to cost efficiency, community engagement and ESG actions.”
The partnership will pair the knowledge of conservation experts and wildlife biologists with solutions and strategies recommended by Corteva Agriscience Vegetation Management Specialists. This balanced approach is expected to help industry practitioners create sustainable, integrated habitat management plans with the potential to improve up to five million acres of the estimated 35 million acres of rights-of-way and energy corridors in the United States. This would be a 14 percent improvement in total rights-of-way and energy acres nationwide.
“There are plenty of reasons for focusing on rights-of-way and energy as an untapped habitat resource, but this incredible opportunity also resonates deeply for partner industries who want to lower their maintenance costs, provide a service to customers, promote biodiversity and ultimately, change landowner perceptions of rights-of-way usage,” said Michael Retterer, National Rights-of-Way and Energy Coordinator with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “These corridors should be considered ribbons of biological diversity as opposed to simply rights-of-ways maintained for the intended use of the site, and we’re dedicated to helping with that transformation.”
Corteva has prioritized efforts to address biodiversity challenges and identify opportunities to make measurable progress toward protecting beneficial plants, wildlife and pollinators. Partnering with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever also strengthens the organization’s commitment to collaboration as it works to develop new technologies for land management professionals, promote the use of sustainable land management practices, and address societal issues, such as land-use change and biodiversity loss.
For more information on partnerships and resources structured to further habitat enhancement practices in vegetation management, visit HabitatWithHerbicides.com.
Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, high-touch customer engagement and operational execution to profitably deliver solutions for the world’s most pressing agriculture challenges. Corteva generates advantaged market preference through its unique distribution strategy, together with its balanced and globally diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing productivity for farmers, while working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.
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