Pollinators is quite the buzz word these days. What can we do for them? How can we plant more and harm less?
Let me through another buzz word at you: pipelines.
Can pollinators and pipelines get along?
In the short of it, when a pipeline crosses a creek, the company requires a certain footage of right-of-way to be maintained to access the pipeline in the future. Currently, these right-of-ways are seeded with a basic grass mix "designed" to grow quickly to and hold the soil in place. Periodic maintenance is performed to ensure no trees are growing their roots into the pipeline. Easy-peasy.
What if, an arrangement could be made between the landowner and the company to plant pollinator plots instead. I know the cost difference would be significant, but it might be cheaper in the long run. The pollinator plot would establish itself quickly and with a stronger root system requiring less maintenance and potential reconstruction in the future.
If the clearing needs to remain, why not make it useful.
Check out the articles to the left. How can we get from stories like this to having stories with headlines like "12 New Pollinators Spotted at Pipeline Crossing"?
Captina Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust with a focus on conserving and protecting the Captina Creek Watershed. We seek to inform others about the importance of this watershed and its water quality to all who live here. We promote and engage in the conservation, restoration and sustainability of the Captina Creek Watershed through education, voluntary conservation agreements and acquisitions, and water quality monitoring.