Support the Highways Bee Act

What is the Highways BEE Act?

The Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, H.R. 2381, or Highways BEE Act is a national legislation that was introduced in the House of Representaatives during the National Pollinator Week, on June 23, 2011.  The Highways BEE Act proposes important economic and conservation benefits through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices on Federal and state highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  There are about 17 million acres of ROW's where the proposed reductions in mowing and maintenance could reduce costs for State Departments of Transportation.  No new monies are requested and the proposed bill is actually designed to save $$$ for states.

This bill proposes significant reductions in roadside mowing, coupled with enhanced plantings of native grasses and wildflowers.  These actions can provide, besides the economic benefits as a result of saving money, reduced carbon emissions, good quality habitat for pollinators and other small wildlife.  Pollinators -- such as bees, birds, bats, and butterflies -- are of paramount importance to ecosystems and are of critical importance to the nation's agriculture.  Like we have mentioned in another blog entry, pollinators are suffering alarming population declines.  Moreover, this bill will benefit neighboring agricultural lands and wildlife ecosystems from enhanced pollination services.

What Can I do to Support this Bill?

We have already signed the petition letter, will you?

You can sign the letter as an Organization-Company and/or individual by clicking here.


Besides propagating native plants that pollinators love, at our HQ at the George Washignton House we just installed a few artificial bee nests made up of Japanese knotweed hollow stems. This kind of nests can help species of solitary bees.

 

 

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