Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways

The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other right-of-way (ROW) owners and operators to make informed decisions and implement tailored programs to maximize the potential to improve insect pollinator habitat. The guidebook should consider geographical, adjacent land use and ecological contexts, roadway characteristics and safety, and public benefits. The guidebook should address the following as a minimum: (1) Assessment of proactive Endangered Species Act compliance approaches (e.g., pre-listing agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements, Habitat Conservation Plans); (2) Existing maintenance practices that affect insect pollinator habitat; (3) Assessment of existing systems planning, design, and construction practices that positively or negatively impact habitat; (4) Approaches to site, create, and restore habitat including the long-term maintenance considerations, and performance measures and assessment; (5) Approaches to adapt habitat to environmental changes; (6) Communication plans for internal and external audiences (e.g., senior management, business owners, the general public, roadway maintenance personnel) on pollinator habitat importance and best management practices; (7) Benefit-cost implications; and (8) Coordination plans with other agencies that manage insects. The guidebook should include flexible decision-making processes and products to enable ROW owners and operators to develop integrated practices to promote insect pollinator habitat.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $490000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-59

  • 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:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Hopwood, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230118
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672565
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-59
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 3:03PM