Support Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act
(Highways BEE Act)




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You can help bees and other pollinators by signing on to Group Letter (and shown BELOW) supporting the Highways BEE Act (Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act), H.R. 2381, this legislation was introduced during National Pollinator Week, on June 23, 2011.  Check out your state on the letter, and see who has already signed on.  Then help grow the list!

The bill promotes conservation practices on 17 million acres of highway rights-of-ways (ROWs) by encouraging reduced mowing and native plantings that provide improved habitat for pollinators, ground nesting birds and other small wildlife. No new monies are requested and this bill is designed to save money for states. Click Here for additional background on the legislation.

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Petition Letter


HIGHWAYS BETTERING THE ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT ACT

The undersigned support H.R. 2381, the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act (Highways BEE Act).

The Highways BEE Act proposes significant economic and conservation benefits that can be achieved through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices on Federal and state highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs). These areas represent about 17 million acres of opportunity where significant reductions in mowing and maintenance can reduce costs for cash-strapped State DOTs.

Reductions in roadside mowing, combined with enhanced plantings of native forbs and grasses, can provide economic benefits, reduced carbon emissions, and critical habitat for pollinators, ground nesting birds and other small wildlife. Pollinators, such as bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, are essential to healthy ecosystems and are vital partners in American agriculture. Pollinators are suffering drastic population loss, due in part to loss of habitat. In addition, neighboring agricultural lands and wildlife ecosystems will benefit from improved pollination services.

This legislation supports and builds on innovative IVM efforts in a growing number of State DOT’s by directing the Secretary of Transportation to use existing authorities, programs and funding to encourage and facilitate efforts by States and other transportation ROWs managers, to adopt IVM practices, including reduced mowing and enhanced native plantings that provide multiple fiscal, safety and aesthetic benefits while also promoting habitat and migratory corridors for pollinators, ground nesting birds and other small wildlife.

For further information contact Tom Van Arsdall, Pollinator Partnership Public Affairs Director at tva@pollinator.org or 703-509-4746.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]