Highway roadsides can offer valuable habitat for pollinators, but often lack the plant diversity required to attract a wide range of butterflies and insects.
To determine the seeding and mowing practices that effectively improve the health and variety of roadside plants, the Nebraska Department of Transportation implemented different treatments at sites in the southeast region of the state and monitored the results for two growing seasons.
The findings will be used to inform Nebraska’s land management guidance in the future.
Read the final report: Establishment of Wildflower Islands to Enhance Roadside Health, Ecological Value, and Aesthetics: Phase II, March 2023
Image source: Nebraska Department of Transportation