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Production Support

Pollinators

The decline in honeybees and monarch butterflies has brought the issue of pollinators to the forefront over the past few years. Their importance of pollinators to Florida agriculture and ecosystems is recognized by FDOT and is now included in the Purpose Statement of the most recent version of the Wildflower Procedure.

 

"To develop and implement integrated vegetation management practices on roadsides and other transportation right of way, including reduced mowing, for the benefit of pollinators, while developing and maintaining safe, cost effective and efficient transportation corridors and systems..."

 

And as noted in the Purpose Statement, reduced mowing is being encouraged as a means of increasing roadside wildflowers and native grasses that benefit pollinators and other desirable insects. FDOT also sponsors pollinator and related research:

 

Evaluating the Importance of Roadside Habitat for Native Insect Pollinators

Survey of Key Monarch Habitat Areas Along Roadways in Central and North Florida

Economic Impact of Ecosystem Services Provided by Ecologically Sustainable Roadside Right of Way Vegetation Management Practices

Other FDOT Initiatives

Creating Economically and Ecologically Sustainable Pollinator Habitat: A District 2 Demonstration Research Project

(Updated October 2017)

Other Resources

Green Highways: New Strategies to Manage Roadsides as Habitat

Habitat Highways: Roadsides Can Provide Vital Sanctuaries for Pollinators and Other Wildlife

National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators

Native Habitats for Monarch Butterflies in South Florida

Pollinators and Roadsides: Managing Roadsides for Bees and Butterflies

Resolve to Protect [Florida] Wildflowers

Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group

Roadside Best Management Practices for Pollinators