Pollinator Habitat Program
VDOT's Pollinator Habitat Program creates natural areas of native plants along state-maintained roads and properties. These areas provide habitats to threatened and dwindling pollinator species.
Pollinators contribute to the U.S. economy by keeping fruits, nuts and vegetables fertilized through a process of moving pollen from one flower or plant to another. Only fertilized flowers can make fruit and seeds.
- Honey and native bees
Pollinator Habitats Benefit Transportation Priorities
In addition to providing habitat, the program:
- Reduces mowing so that plants can mature and produce seeds. VDOT's "Best Practices Manual" recommends no mowing between November 1 and March 31.
- Increases native vegetation to stabilize slopes and reduce erosion. Deep roots of native plants also decrease storm water runoff.
- Decreases invasive species to reduce the costs of removing problem vegetation and using herbicides.
How You Can Support Pollinators
USDA Forest Service: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants
An illustrated guide explaining pollinators; their importance and how you can attract them to your own garden using native plants.
Pollinator-Friendly Plants for the Northeast United States
Detailed plant list with individual pages per plant, including photos.
Status of the Monarch Butterfly
Latest information about Monarch butterflies from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Materials, resource information about native cavity nesting bees.
The Xerces Society
Information about invertebrate conservation, including many important pollinators.
Plant Virginia Natives
A hub for information about Virginia's native plants provided by the Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partnership. Includes downloadable native plant guides from seven regions of Virginia.
Heather Holm has written two important books on native pollinators. Her website includes links to educational posters and articles she has written for Houzz.
Bringing Nature Home
Website of University of Delaware professor and author Doug Tallamy.
Virginia's Natural Heritage Program
A division of the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, the Natural Heritage Program’s work focuses on science-based conservation to protect Virginia's native plant and animal life and the ecosystems upon which it depends
Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora
The Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora is the online successor to the Atlas of the Virginia Flora. Although it is still a work in progress in many respects, the Digital Atlas contains the most comprehensive information available on the geographic distribution of vascular plants in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Native Plant Society
Dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, this website contains many resources on native plants and links to local chapters throughout Virginia
VDOT’s partners provide technical expertise, on-site volunteers to help with planting, and even materials such as mulch.
- Blue Ridge Prism
- Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
- Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
- Monarch Watch
- Plant Virginia Natives
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs
- Virginia Native Plant Society
- Virginia Tech Department of Entomology
- Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Watch on Youtube:
VDOT Creates a Pollinator Habitat in VDOT's Salem District
Martin Krebs, Environmental Stewardship Manager