References


References

Dr. Orley R. “Chip” Taylor | Monarch Watch

“Restoration is all about restoring connections and to do the job correctly one has to understand how to bring the pieces together again. Pete Berthelsen understands that by creating habits for monarchs and pollinators, he is also sustaining plant, insect, bird, reptile and mammal diversity. Pete understands that it’s all connected and that we need to maintain those connections. Pete’s been at it a long time. He’s got it down and his seed mixes get the job done.”

– Chip Taylor, Director

Wendy Caldwell | Monarch Joint Venture

"Pete is my 'go-to' expert for pollinator habitat restoration and seed mix design questions and consultation. Conservation Blueprint provides everything from tailored guidance specific to your needs to seeds to regular videos sharing habitat tips that keep your habitat looking great. Pete's photos of resulting habitats are also stunning! Pete stands for providing high-quality habitat anywhere and everywhere that we can will help to move the needle for broader conservation objectives. Pete's a leader in habitat conservation, a knowledgeable partner, and great friend!"

– Wendy Caldwell, Director

Jim Douglas | Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

"Pete Berthelsen has been a lead expert in creation, management and conservation for many decades. Pete is dedicated to fostering innovative initiatives utilizing strong multi-faceted partnerships based on sound science and personable relationships. All of these qualities and skillsets should make us all glad that he is taking a leadership role with Conservation Blueprint. I have known and worked with Pete Berthelsen for nearly 30 years and appreciate his many contributions to conservation."

Jim Douglas, Director

Ward Johnson | Save Our Monarchs

"In my humble opinion, Conservation Blueprint’s advice on growing habitat for the Monarchs and other pollinators is the best that I am aware of! The plight of the Monarch Butterfly is the result of a number of man-made activities. The principal reason is the loss of habitat in the US, due to the widespread use of agricultural pesticides and herbicides. Conservation Blueprint has taken on this challenge by working diligently to rebuild the habitat for Monarchs from the grassroots perspective. Its President, Peter S. Berthelsen is one of the foremost creators of initiatives to help with that rebuilding process."

– Ward Johnson, Director

Julie Shapiro | Keystone Policy Center

"Pete is a tireless advocate for wildlife and pollinators. He channels his passion and expertise into building partnerships across public and private sectors, looking for common sense ways to get conservation on the ground. As a steering committee member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, he has helped lead multi-stakeholder efforts to support honey bee health, including helping to launch the one-of-a-kind Bee Integrated Demonstration Project that brings together beekeepers, farmers, and partners to put best practices together in one place on the landscape."

– Julie Shapiro, Senior Policy Director

Olivia Eskew | Cypress Creek Renewables

"The knowledge and skill Pete Berthelsen has with crafting unique pollinator-friendly seed mixes for solar farms is unparalleled. Pete has decades of experience and always includes the developer’s perspective when ensuring the appropriate local factors are taken into consideration such as height restrictions and shade tolerance. Collaborating with Conservation Blueprint has supported our Solar + Pollinator initiative by further providing environmental benefits to the communities in which we provide a clean, renewable energy source."

– Olivia Eskew, Policy and Strategy Analyst

Eric Udelhofen | One Energy Renewables

"Conservation Blueprint is a great group to work with and knows how to work with a variety of interested parties to get pollinator habitat onto the landscape. Pete went above and beyond to ensure our site maximized the likelihood of success. We worked with Pete to design an appropriate mix for three solar projects for both within the array and around the perimeter, and Pete helped us to design a mix that will offer significant benefits to pollinators and other species. We recommend partnering with Conservation Blueprint to anyone, and look forward to working with Pete in the future."

– Eric Udelhofen, Director + Project Development

Alex Echols | The Campbell Foundation

"I have worked with Pete in a variety of capacities. He is the go-to guy to get conservation put on the ground and has been a critical adviser on strategy as well as technical solutions. Ranging from helping advance a national campaign by the Boy Scouts to recover monarchs and pollinators, to designing farmer friendly initiatives, to putting habitat on the ground on specific agricultural lands Pete has delivered. The landowner friendly approach, reliance on sound science and wealth of experience makes Conservation Blueprint the best at delivering pollinator habitat."

– Alex Echols, Program Director, Agriculture

Claudia Weeks | Pine Gate Renewables

"Working with Pete at Conservation Blueprint has been a tremendous pleasure. I maintain and operate utility-scale solar energy facilities, and I am working to alter traditional vegetation management practices on our sites to include pollinator habitat and consider restoration management approaches. This is a new idea within the solar industry, therefore I have relied on Pete’s expertise and knowledge to help me figure out how to make this important and innovative initiative a reality. Pete’s intention and dedication are clear, and I am grateful to work with him."

– Claudia Weeks, Site Operations Manager

Bob Hamel | Star Seed Company, Inc

"When it comes to wildlife and pollinator Habitat, I would highly recommend Pete Berthelsen with Conservation Blueprint. Our company has been associated with Pete Berthelsen for more than 25 years. In my opinion, there is no one more knowledgeable. He is great to work with on any project, regardless of size or complexity. Whether you are putting together a highly diverse mix for wildlife species or a mix for pollinators and insects, Pete is the go-to person."

– Bob Hamel, Chief Operating Officer

Emily Muth | Omaha Public Power District

"Conservation Blueprint has been a valued partner to OPPD on various pollinator habitat projects. Pete Berthelsen understands that each restoration is unique and works diligently to design seed mixtures that will establish the desired results. He provides technical expertise through every step of the project from soil preparation, establishment and management. Pete has also been an essential part of our success in supporting collaborative efforts with external partners. His extensive knowledge, clear communication skills, and passion are evident in all his work."

– Emily Muth, Environmental Affairs Administrator

Chip Shilling | BASF

"Pete’s real-world experience has made him one of the go-to experts on pollinator habitat establishment and restoration. Pete understands the balance of pollinator habitat establishment with working agricultural lands and tailor’s solutions on a project by project basis. Pete’s engaging and passionate about pollinator habitat and it shows whether he is on a panel discussion or through his video series."

– Chip Shilling, Sustainability Strategy Manager

Stan Vera-Art | Grow With Trees

"I take my hat off to Pete. Knowledgeable, patient, experienced, thorough, pleasant, polite, reachable, and oh, did I say, experienced? I have yet to meet a person who is as passionate about pollinator habitat as Pete."

– Stan Vera-Art

Mark Brohman, Nebraska Environmental Trust

"As the Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, I worked with Pete for a number of years when he was with Pheasants Forever. Pete created a lot of habitat that was beneficial to all kinds of wildlife including all of the insects and pollinators. Now with Conservation Blueprint he specializes in pollinators and their needs across the Midwest. If you have a pollinator project in mind, Pete is your guy."

– Mark Brohman, Executive Director

Debbie Dekleva | Monarch Flyway

"Pete listens to what you envision and helps make it a reality. Healthy pollinator habitat that fits the area and the budget. Highly recommended!"

– Debbie Dekleva, Wild Idea Cultivator

Committees Served On:

  • Honey Bee Health Coalition: National Steering Committee member from 2015 to present
  • Monarch Collaborative: National Steering Committee member from 2018 to present
  • Monarch Joint Venture: National Steering Committee member from 2018 to present
  • InSPIRE 2.0 – Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment: National Committee member from 2018 to present
  • Boundless Impact Investing: Monarch Butterfly Conservation Project Advisory Committee from 2018 to present

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