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April Technical Meeting – Managing Meadows


Presentation Topic: Managing Meadows: VDOT ROW Strategies for Pollinators and Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reductions

Registration: Registration for this event is now closed.

This will be a hybrid-style meeting (virtual and in-person). This month the speaker will be in-person. Virtual attendees will still be able to interact with the speaker through the chat window to ask questions.


Abstract: As a large linear landholder, VDOT considers all parts of its right-of-way (ROW) as an asset. VDOT is assuming land stewardship responsibilities for areas outside of travel lanes and clear zones for multiple initiatives, including pollinator habitat for monarch butterflies and land cover conversion to benefit the Chesapeake Bay. VDOT is a participating stakeholder in the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA), as well as an MS4 permit holder with Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements. In this presentation, we will discuss the requirements and benefits of similar land management strategies that can be seen across each program. We will also review similarities and differences for the monitoring and verification of the two programs. Lastly, we will discuss the Department’s next steps for tracking these similar efforts, cost analyses, and showing multi-program benefits across the Department.

Presenters: Joe Parfitt and Amy Golden

Joe Parfitt – TMDL Program Manager, VDOT Environmental, has been working as a project manager with VDOT Environmental’s TMDL program since 2017 and in early 2023 became VDOT’s TMDL Program Manager. In his work to help VDOT meet their obligations for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL he aims to create multiple benefits with the projects he manages including reducing maintenance costs and creating a cleaner, greener environment for the Commonwealth.




Amy Golden – Land Stewardship Program Manager, VDOT Environmental, is presently VDOT’s Land Stewardship Program Manager in the Office of Transportation Sustainability. Her current job duties include working with a diverse group of natural planners and practitioners to maximize compatible land uses and resources in VDOT’s right-of-way, including aquatic and terrestrial habitat corridors and pollinator habitat.



When: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024
11:45 AM -12 PM – Sign in and Networking
12 PM -1PM – Presentation

Where: 2810: a community gathering place, 2810 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
(Reserved parking spaces on both sides of building and in gravel lot located through gate)

(Virtual attendees will receive a Teams Meeting)

Registration Price: 
In Person Members: $25 members
In Person Non-Members: $30
In Person Late Ticket: $30
Virtual Individual: $10
Virtual Conference Room: $40*

*For viewing as a company group; as professionals we expect attendees to purchase this option when group sharing rather than as an individual ticket.

Lunch is included with purchase of an in-person ticket (Local Carytown Favorites)

PDH: 1.0 HR