NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Workshops and Peer Exchanges on Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways

Many pollinators are in decline and roadsides can be valuable habitat for pollinators, as well as other wildlife. Roadside managers have an interest in pollinator conservation, and are seeking information about ways to adjust seed mixes, mowing schedules, herbicide use, and other strategies to support imperiled pollinators and avert future listings to the Endangered Species Act. NCHRP 25-59, “Pollinator Habitat Conservation along Roadways”, produced guidebooks that cover 16 regions of the United States, from Alaska to Florida. Each guidebook includes regional information about site selection, design, installation, and management of roadside pollinator habitat; the native plants and pollinators of each region; and guidance on Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulatory compliance to reduce regulatory uncertainty and contribute to pollinator conservation and recovery. Supporting materials that accompany the guidebooks include videos for transportation agencies and the general public, a communications toolbox, monitoring and habitat assessment tools, and plant lists. To help transportation agency staff to implement the conservation practices included in the guidebooks effectively, the following tasks are proposed: (1) development of training materials based on the conservation practices included in the guidebooks; (2) conduct of 4 multi-day virtual workshops, one in each AASHTO region, to help to facilitate communications between environmental, maintenance, engineering, and landscape planning staff; (3) conduct of 1 national in-person peer exchange, to highlight opportunities for implementing conservation strategies. The meeting will also include a field trip to visit pollinator habitat and a demonstration of monitoring techniques and habitat assessments.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(55)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Start Date: 20240220
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01909018
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(55)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 20 2024 8:04PM