Utility Rights-of-Way Wildlife Research at Penn State
Plant and animal community response to long-term vegetation management on rights-of-way

Habitat Lies Between the Lines

It’s a hot, dry day in late June 12-year-old granddaughter, Elanor, and I are among about two dozen
people gathered beneath a 500-kilovolt transmission line cutting through State Game Lands 33 in Centre-County.

We’re there to collect bees for research, but also are gaining an appreciation of how valuable the open land of a right-of-way can be in providing habitat for native species that need shrubby, grassy areas.

Research into how to best manage this right of way and others like it — to benefit wild plants and animals while maintaining access to the lines — has been ongoing at this site since 1953.

From the June 2018 issue of Pennsylvania Game News.