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Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act of 2021

Take Action Now to Promote Pollinators

(Photo: The Xerces Society / Sarah Foltz Jordan)

Join the Xerces Society in Supporting Legislation to Benefit Pollinators on Roadsides

Action Alert!

Ask congress to pass legislation to support pollinator-friendly roadside habitat.

 

Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act of 2021

The Monarch and Pollinator Highway Act of 2021 introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Jimmy Panetta and Salud Carbajal of California would provide grants to benefit pollinators on roadsides and highway rights-of-way. If passed, the act will help state Departments of Transportation, Native American tribes, and federal land management agencies make roadsides more pollinator friendly. Specifically, the act would:

  • Provide $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2028 for grants to benefit pollinators on roadsides and highway rights-of-way
  • Support pollinator-friendly roadside habitat through planting and seeding native grasses, wildflowers, and monarch host plants

 

Why This Act Matters 

Pollinators are critical to our food supply and are experiencing precipitous declines. Roadsides offer millions of acres of land that act as wildlife corridors, which can support pollinators by providing foraging, resting, nesting, and overwintering habitat.

Roadsides can provide much needed habitat for pollinators. (Photo: The Xerces Society / Jennifer Hopwood.)

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