Survey of Key Monarch Habitat Areas Along Roadways in Central and North Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida propose to enhance roadside management of pinewoods milkweed along Florida roadways in central and north Florida ­ specifically Osceolla County north to the Florida-Georgia line and west to Jackson County. Specific objectives include: (1) Identification of key milkweed populations and plant densities for Asclepias humistrata (primary focus), A. tuberosa (secondary focus) along select state and county roads within the survey area, including re-evaluation of previously surveyed areas; (2) inclusion of data in a georeferenced database with identification of high density hotspots; (3) survey of select hotspot areas for successful pod (seed) production; and (4) Following identification of hotspot areas, the project will work to develop new Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) vegetative management practice recommendations to maximize the quality and availability of pinewoods milkweeds to support early season monarch breeding. The resulting pinewoods milkweed population "hotspots" could additionally be managed to help generate local ecotype seed production for other key habitat restoration or augmentation projects in the future.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $23500
    • Contract Numbers:

      BDV31 977-49

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Florida Department of Transportation

      Research Center
      605 Suwannee Street MS-30
      Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
    • Project Managers:

      Caster, Jeff

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Florida, Gainesville

      Florida Museum of Natural History
      3215 Hull Rdoad
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Principal Investigators:

      Daniels, Jaret

    • Start Date: 20151214
    • Expected Completion Date: 20171027
    • Actual Completion Date: 20171031

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01582944
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Florida Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: BDV31 977-49
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 21 2015 12:23PM