Maintaining Roadsides for Pollinators

View

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 2018 NAPPC will be awarding its 3rd annual Pollinator Roadside Management Award.

2017 NAPPC POLLINATOR ROADSIDE MANAGEMENT AWARD WINNERS

Tom Van Arsdall (P2); Roadside Award Recipients Travis Jez & Dennis Markwardt, Director of Vegetation Management (TxDOT); John Reynolds, Executive Director (NVRMA)

FIRST PLACE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Texas DOT’s pollinator initiatives have played a very positive role in many communities in Texas for both people and animals. Through mowing, planting, IVM, and educational programs the agency has been a real steward for pollinator health.

SECOND PLACE: VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Virginia Department of Transportation initiated a formal “Pollinator Habitat Program (PHP) In the spring of 2014. The agency has demonstrated an exemplary long-term commitment to provide pollinator habitats along roadways since then.

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: September 18, 2017 – June 1, 2018

Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2018

Award Announced: Summer/Fall 2018

NOMINATIONS

To nominate a transportation agency please complete the application below or email the completed form to info@pollinator.org by June 1, 2018.

Name:
Organization
Email Address:
Phone Number
Government Agency Name (Nominee)
Employee Contact Name (Nominee)
Title (Nominee)
Email (nominee)
Phone Number (Nominee)
1. How has the agency demonstrated an exemplary long-term commitment to provide pollinator habitat along roadsides?
2. How has pollinator supporting vegetation been incorporated into the agency’s activities. What species are being used?
3. How is the agency promoting vegetation management practices (mowing, pesticide use, etc.) that incorporate the needs of pollinators?
4. Explain the measured positive impacts of the agency’s pollinator initiative for animals and people.
5. Describe how the agency engages the public through education and outreach as well as signage.
6. Provide the amount of documented roadside miles impacted by the agency’s pollinator initiative.
Provide three specific examples of how the agency has managed roadsides for pollinators.
How has the nominated agency demonstrated a commitment to pollinators in the future?
Insert a labeled picture(s) of the section(s) of roadside the agency has managed for pollinators.

Click here to view and download the nomination form.

Highways BEE Act

Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Pollinator Protection Act

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).

VICTORY! POLLINATOR ROADSIDES PROVISION NOW LAW OF THE LAND! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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

BACKGROUND

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.

SUPPORT FOR HIGHWAYS BEE ACT

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.