Evaluating Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Techniques to Improve Pollinator Habitat

The State Highway Agency (SHA) is working to develop performance measures that comply with the June 2014 Presidential Memorandum – Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. This is a proposed 2-year pilot study to establish and manage roadside meadows, and compare such meadows with intensively mowed and current/proposed Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) strategies. The research will measure the effects of the various vegetation management strategies on the abundance and diversity of pollinator communities, and evaluate pollinator nesting and foraging opportunities under these strategies. Pollinator Best Management Practices will be developed and pollinator-friendly, affordable seed mixes, with a focus on native plants, will be identified.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $152296
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Maryland Department of Transportation

      State Highway Administration, 707 N Calvert Street
      Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
    • Project Managers:

      Xiang, Hua

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Maryland, College Park

      College Park, MD  United States  20742
    • Principal Investigators:

      vanEngelsdorp, Dennis

    • Start Date: 20161206
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190628
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01618805
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maryland State Highway Administration
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 15 2016 3:14PM