Designing Diversity: Climate-Smart Habitat Management for Pollinators

Tuesday, Sept. 7 | 10-10:45 a.m.

Hosts: Gregg Pattison & Erik Sessions

Partner: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

US Fish & Wildlife ServiceJoin Erik Sessions to learn about the work he and his family are doing to increase the diversity of their farm and the surrounding property. Learn about strategies and approaches for habitat management to maximize diversity, and hear more about their long-term vision for the land. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Gregg Pattison will discuss the importance of diverse and connected habitats for wildlife in the Driftless Region.



  • Prairie
  • Pollinators
  • Habitat
  • Maximizing diversity
  • CRP management
  • Prescribed fire

GreggGregg Pattison is a private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program based in Decorah, Iowa. Gregg works with landowners and conservation partners to deliver technical and financial assistance for fish and wildlife conservation in northeastern Iowa.



Sessions FD (31) erik flatErik Sessions is a PFI member, farmer and landowner from Decorah, Iowa. He and his family own and operate Patchwork Green Farm, a diversified vegetable farm. Among other projects, Erik is currently working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the diversity of several acres of grassland enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.

Partner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This work was made possible by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

This work is supported by a grant from the Ceres Trust.


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