VDOT works to protect pollinators with roadside refuge

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Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reports they are adding to roadside refuge to protect pollinators.

Governor Glenn Youngkin declared June 17 through the 23 as Virginia Pollinator week to bring awareness to importance of the pollinator to Virginia’s agriculture and economy.

VDOT has been to protect and encourage pollinators since 2014.

The Pollinator Habitat Program is creating naturalized areas of native plants along state-maintained roads to help threatened and dwindling pollinators.

Initially the program hoped to establish just over 3,000 acres around Virginia highways.

To date the program has established almost 8,000 acres for bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, and flies to use and thrive.

VDOT started with just four plots initially and looks to add an additional 135 acres to the list.

The pollination effort not only helps the wildlife but helps control water runoff, soil erosion, and mowing efforts and more for VDOT as well.

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