Pollinator Habitat Conservation Along Roadways

Pollinating insect populations are declining. As a result, there is increased interest in protecting pollinators along roadways. State departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies are being encouraged by, and proactively partnering with, many right-of-way (ROW) stakeholders to establish or conserve pollinator habitat. This can result in a significant change in ROW management and will require new or updated practices for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining habitat, as well as staff training. If widely distributed insect populations continue to decline they may be considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. If listed, capacity improvement projects and ROW maintenance practices may have a greater potential to negatively affect or for “take” of these listed species.  The purpose of this research is to share knowledge of successful practices and lessons learned from states where pollinator species have been listed, and to show how to implement integrated pollinator habitat programs. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for state DOTs and other 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. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers’ current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective. A kick-off conference call with the research team and NCHRP shall be scheduled within 1 month of the contract’s execution. The work plan must be divided into two phases as determined by the proposer. Each phase must be organized by task, with each task described in detail.  Phase I will culminate with the submission of (1) an interim report describing the work completed in the Phase I tasks; (2) an updated work plan for the Phase II tasks; (3) a white paper on the assessment of proactive Endangered Species Act compliance approaches (e.g., pre-listing agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements, Habitat Conservation Plans); (4) a draft guidebook; and (5) a plan for a Phase II peer exchange at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA, to review the draft guidebook with stakeholders. There must be an interim meeting with NCHRP to discuss the results of Phase I. Work on Phase II tasks will not begin until the interim report and updated work plan are approved by NCHRP. Phase II shall include the peer exchange and the development and submission of the revised guidebook.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • 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:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20181126
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • 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