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EEI Supports Efforts to Protect Monarch Butterflies
April 2019

Monarch butterflies and other pollinators in the United States have declined in recent years due to several factors, including loss of habitat. In April, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would be opening a 60-day public comment period to help conserve monarch butterflies on energy and transportation lands.

The Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for Monarch Butterfly (CCAA) is a formal, voluntary agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service and non-federal landowners to take care of and maintain the habitats of monarch butterflies and other at-risk species. 

The CCAA was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago in collaboration with many stakeholders representing the energy and transportation industries. It is intended to cover maintenance and modernization activities, such as vegetation management and infrastructure repairs or upgrades.

The ultimate purpose of the CCAA is to provide an overall conservation benefit to at-risk species and to avoid the need for listing a species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. 

EEI is proud to be involved in this great effort and will continue working with industry and government partners to protect the monarch butterfly and other at-risk species.