Current Practices for Pollinator Conservation on Roadsides
Wildlife & Ecosystems
Research Idea Scope
Synthesis, case studies, and summary of approaches to conservation of pollinating insects, including both species listed under the Endangered Species Act and unlisted species. The synthesis would include information from a survey of transportation agencies and non-profits as well as Section 7 consultations and Habitat Conservation Plans under the Endangered Species Act.
Urgency and Payoff
Pollinating insect populations are declining. As a result, there is increased interest in protecting pollinators along roadways. Several insect pollinators have been petitioned or listed under the Endangered Species Act. Many of these have had limited distributions, but more widespread species are now being considered. State DOTs face uncertainty in practices to best design and maintain roadsides to conserve species and, in cases of listed species, comply with the Endangered Species Act. This project would compile information on current and previous conservation and compliance strategies and practices across the US to inform state DOTs as they determine how best to conserve and maintain roadside pollinator habitat.
Kris Gade Arizona DOT 602-292-0301