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Production Support / Wildflower / 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
Creating Economically and Ecologically Sustainable Pollinator Habitat: A District 2 Demonstration Research Project
(Updated April 2019)
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
Florida Department of Transportation
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