An Integrated Approach
Native plants are a foundation of ecological function, affecting soil conservation, wildlife habitat, plant communities, invasive species, and water quality. Establishing locally-adapted, self-sustaining plant communities can also support transportation goals for safety and efficiency. Past obstacles to establishing native plant communities on roadsides have been technical, informational, and organizational. Effective strategies and practical techniques for revegetating the disturbed conditions with limited resources must be made available to practitioners. Multiple disciplines including engineering, landscape architecture, soil science, ecology, botany, and wildlife science must work cooperatively and not in isolation.
Roadsides play an important role in the conservation of declining wild pollinators and in supporting the health of managed pollinators. Throughout the revegetation process, practitioners and designers can enhance roadsides to benefit pollinators. This report offers an integrated approach to facilitate the successful establishment of native plants and pollinator habitats along roadsides and other areas of disturbance associated with road modifications. The report takes practitioners through a comprehensive process of initiation, planning, implementation, monitoring and operations & maintenance of a roadside revegetation project with native plants for creating pollinator habitats, and describes adapting/improving processes for future projects.
The comprehensive 500+ page report offers an integrated approach to facilitate the successful establishment of native plants and pollinator habitat along roadsides and other areas of disturbance associated with road modifications.