Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators

This Technical Manual for Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators covers establishment, restoration, management and maintenance for pollinators along roadsides. This resource can be used as a comprehensive guide for State Department of Transportation (DOTs) managers and staff.

NAPPC Pollinator Roadside Management Award

Pollinator Roadways is a new initiative of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) to recognize transportation agencies who are leading the field in pollinator-friendly roadside practices. In 2017 NAPPC will be awarding its second annual Pollinator Roadside Management Award.

2016 NAPPC Pollinator Roadside Management Award Winners

John Reynolds (NRVMA), Chris Henze (Johnson County IRVM), Chris Degrace (Georgia DOT), and Laurie Davies Adams (Pollinator Partnership) at the 2016 National Roadside Vegetation Management Association Annual Conference

First place: Georgia Department of Transportation

In the past 14 years, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has planted approximately 2,700 acres of roadside wildflowers statewide utilizing proceeds from the sales of wildflower-themed vehicle license plates.

Second Place: Johnson County Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management

Johnson County Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Johnson Country IRVM has planted over 350 acres of high quality pollinator habitat over the last 25 years. Additionally, Johnson Country IRVM has implemented mowing and pesticide use policies that incorporate the needs of pollinators.

Honorable Mention: Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Honorable Mention: Ohio Department of Transportation

Award Criteria: Government Transportation Agency

  • Demonstrates an exemplary long-term commitment to provide pollinator habitat along roadsides.

  • Plants or seeds pollinator supporting vegetation.

  • Promotes vegetation management practices (mowing, pesticide use, etc.) within the agency that incorporate the needs of pollinators.

  • Can describe the positive impacts of the agency’s pollinator initiative for animals and people.

  • Engages the public through education and outreach as well as signage.

  • Documented roadside miles impacted by the agency’s pollinator initiative, and plans for the future.

Key Dates

Nomination Period: August 29, 2016 – June 26, 2017

Deadline for Applications: June 26, 2017

Award Announced: Summer/Fall 2017


To nominate a transportation agency please complete the application below or email the completed form to by June 26, 2017.

Click here to view and download the nomination form.

Highways BEE Act

Support Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Pollinator Protection Act

About this Petition

Highways BEE Act:  H.R. 2738 was introduced by Reps Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) on June 11 and is strongly supported by the Pollinator Partnership (P2).  Hastings and Denham are co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C).


Watch for additional action requests as we work with State Department of Transportation.


In Brief:  To amend title 23, United States Code, to encourage and facilitate efforts by States and other transportation rights-of-way managers to adopt integrated vegetation management practices, including enhancing plantings of native forbs and grasses that provide habitats and forage for Monarch butterflies, native bees, and other native pollinators, and for other purposes. H.R. 2738 promotes conservation practices on 17 million acres of highway rights-of-way (ROWs) by encouraging willing State DOTs to reduce mowing and plant for pollinators, providing improved habitat for pollinators, ground nesting birds and other small wildlife. The goal is to get an amendment based on the Highways BEE Act in that important legislation.


The undersigned support H.R. 2738, the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Pollinator Protection Act (Highways BEE Act).

Pollinators, such as honey bees and native pollinators, birds, bats, and butterflies, are essential to healthy ecosystems and are vital partners in American agriculture. Honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators are suffering drastic population losses, due in part to loss of habitat.

Highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) represent about 17 million acres of opportunity where significant economic and conservation/environmental benefits can be achieved through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices, that can—

  • Significantly reduce mowing and maintenance costs for State DOTs, and
  • Help create habitat, forage and migratory corridors that will contribute to the health of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators, as well as ground nesting birds and other small wildlife. 

Neighboring agricultural lands and wildlife ecosystems will benefit through improved pollination services.

The Highways BEE Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to use existing authorities, programs and funding to encourage and facilitate IVM and pollinator habitat efforts by willing State DOTs and other transportation ROWs managers, building on innovative IVM efforts in a growing number of State DOTs.