IAEP Presents Annual Endangered Species Update June 24, 2021
IAEP annually reaches out to the responsible regulatory agencies tasked with protection of Endangered and Threatened Species (ETS) to ask them to provide an update on the status of endangered species in Illinois. This year we will be offering the same update, plus an added benefit! In 2020, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) was requested to review the status of the Monarch Butterfly, once one of the commonest butterflies in the nation. Although the Monarch is not a listed endangered species, nor a candidate (yet), this particular insect is the subject of much scientific and regulatory attention. Managers of transportation and development projects should take into account how their projects may be affected by this species and others, in case the species status changes. Waiting for these changes can risk cost increases and delays if the species status were to change abruptly mid-project.
In addition, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will discuss its own Monarch program, upcoming revisions to its EcoCAT online assessment tool, and a new website called “CICADA.” IDNR will also address pollinators and rights of way, and how the University of Illinois at Chicago is spearheading a program to help pollinators with corporate assistance.
Attend this timely webinar with our regulatory panel and avoid being surprised by these important developments!
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Program and Q&A) Location: At-Your-Desk Webinar (via Zoom) Cost: IAEP Members $40 (Corporate Members are allowed up to 5 to attend at the Member rate) Non-members $75 Speakers: Nathan Grider, Manager, Impact Assessment Section, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources; Louise Clemency, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Caroline Hernandez, Program Coordinator, Sustainable Landscapes, University of Illinois at Chicago Pre-Payment is required. Refunds are allowed with cancellation 48 hours prior to the webinar. IAEP will provide a certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours to attendees.
Nathan Grider Manager, Impact Assessment Section, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Nathan Grider reviews statewide projects for impacts to listed species, protected lands, and other natural resources with an emphasis in aquatics. He coordinates with other staff, provides recommendations for mitigation, and assist with field surveys. Nathan has an M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois - Springfield.
Louise Clemency Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Louise Clemency is the field supervisor for the Chicago Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Highlights of her 20-plus years with the agency include conserving piping plovers on New York State beaches, working on endangered species policy in Washington, D.C., co-chairing the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, negotiating sturgeon passage around hydropower dams, and managing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Offices in Wisconsin and Chicago. Current conservation work of the Chicago Field Office focuses on Hine’s emerald dragonfly, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, eastern prairie fringed orchid, rusty patched bumble bee, and monarch butterfly.
Caroline Hernandez Program Coordinator, Sustainable Landscapes, University of Illinois at Chicago
Caroline Hernandez is Program Coordinator - Sustainable Landscapes at the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois Chicago. Caroline supports the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group and other efforts to engage energy and transportation leaders in pollinator habitat creation and conservation. Caroline holds a dual master’s degree in International Relations and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University and has a background in globalization and climate change.