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Partnerships for Promoting Pollinator Habitat

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  06/09/2016

Summary:

A 2014 Presidential Memorandum promoting pollinator habitat in light of recent population declines has prompted strong interest in the use of roadside rights of way to promote native plants and support habitats for pollinators. MnDOT would like to learn about the experiences of other state departments of transportation and local agencies in maintaining pollinator landscapes on highway ROWs through partnerships with individuals, groups or local agencies. In this Transportation Research Synthesis, results of a literature review are supplemented with findings from a survey of selected state DOTs and Minnesota counties. Nine state DOTs describe current practices or plans to develop new pollinator-specific partnerships; existing partnerships that have been expanded to address pollinators; and Adopt-a-Highway programs that support maintenance of vegetation in the ROW.

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