ROWs provide continuous tracts of accessible green spaces that, when managed properly, provide sustainable ground cover and suitable habitat for numerous species, including pollinators. The study at Greenup, KY highlights how IVM strategies play a major role in habitat enrichment. At Greenup, ROW health after the removal of large tree species helped promote suitable native ground cover. However, an immediate edge effect in the border zone is the emergence of pollinator-friendly tree canopies that assist in promoting habitat quality and species richness.
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ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. Anand Persad is the director of research, science, and innovation at ACRT Services. Dr. Persad has an extensive background in arboriculture, invasive species, tree biomechanics, pollinator health, wetland restoration, avian studies, and more. He is the research committee chair for the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) and actively works with city, state, and federal organizations in taking innovation and technology from development to implementation. He holds a Ph.D. in invertebrate ecology/entomology from the University of the West Indies. Contact Dr. Persad at firstname.lastname@example.org.