Monitor a Native-Planted Corridor for Ecosystem Services over 10 Years

Focus Area

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Subcommittee

Natural Resources

Status

Archived

Cost

$250,000-$499,000

Timeframe

Over 3 years

Research Idea Scope

TERI Database Administrator Notes.  Not recommended at present time by 2009 Natural Systems Subcommittee.

FHWA is currently establishing a 100 acre native grassland planting along I-35.  We do not have funds for University long-term monitoring.  The monitoring is needed to determine the economic value of a corridor diverse vegetation. The monitoring could determine: a. carbon sequestration values; b. water quality improvement; c. migratory bird use; d. pollinator migration use; and e. reduced mowing value.

Urgency and Payoff

Proving the benefit of ecosystem services of native plant use has been elusive.  We intuitively know these values exist, but must prove that value to prevent environmental compromises that will have great ecological costs. 1. This research could change how vegetation management is done nationally.  2. Plus it could demonstrate cost savings in reduced maintenance as well as profits from carbon sequestration. 3. The habitat value to bird, butterfly, and other small critters will be a win-win for the animals and the public! 4.  As climate change continues, their habitat needs especially during north/south migration could be critical to their survival.

Suggested By

Bonnie L. Harper-Lore, FHWA/USDOT, HEPE

Submitted

03/26/2009