Pollinator Habitats Along Right of Way

Plant pollination by insects is one of the most well-known and important ecosystem services and is essential in both natural and agricultural landscapes. Research shows highway right of way (ROW) could provide habitat for a diverse community of pollinators. ROW habitat could include forage for food and breeding or nesting opportunities. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) ROW’s extend across a variety of landscapes and can aid dispersal of pollinators by linking split habitats. By acting as protection for pollinators in otherwise inhospitable landscapes, ROW habitat can contribute to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and provision of ecological services such as crop pollination services. In this project MoDOT would like an overall synthesis of previous studies on promoting pollinator habitats on highway ROW and the best practices by other transportation agencies that have pollinator programs.