Colonial Beekeeper’s Association supports this Amendment to promote pollinators in the 17 million acres of highway right-of-ways across the country. Please read and you can sign the petition too.

 

 

 

Support Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act           (Highways BEE Act)


About this petition

Highways BEE  ActH.R.  4790 was introduced by Reps Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) on  May 30 and is strongly supported by the Pollinator Partnership (P2).  Hastings and Denham are co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C).

Who Can Sign:

  • Organizations at all levels and types (national, state, local)
  • Companies
  • Researchers, other individuals

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GROUP LETTER IN SUPPORT OF HIGHWAYS BEE ACT

The undersigned support H.R. 4790, the Highways Bettering the Economy and  Environment Pollinator Protection Act (Highways BEE Act).

Pollinators,  such as honey bees and native pollinators, birds, bats, and butterflies, are essential to healthy ecosystems and are vital partners in American agriculture.  Honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators are suffering drastic population losses, due in part to a loss of habitat.

Highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (State  DOTs) represent about 17 million acres of opportunity where significant economic and conservation/environmental benefits can be achieved through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices, that can—

  • Significantly  reduce mowing and maintenance costs for State DOTs, and
  • Help create habitat, forage and migratory corridors that will contribute to the health of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators, as well as ground-nesting birds and other small wildlife.

Neighboring agricultural lands and wildlife ecosystems will benefit through improved pollination services.

The Highways  BEE Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to use existing authorities, programs, and funding to encourage and facilitate IVM and pollinator habitat efforts by willing State DOTs and other transportation ROWs managers, building on innovative IVM efforts in a growing number of State DOTs.

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Background:

  • H.R. 4790 promotes conservation practices on 17 million acres of highway rights-of-way (ROWs) by encouraging willing  State DOTs to reduce mowing and plant for pollinators, providing improved  habitat for pollinators, ground-nesting birds and other small wildlife.
  • Important to act quickly, as transportation reauthorization legislation appears to be on a  fast track in Congress.
  • The goal is to get an amendment based on the Highways BEE Act in that important legislation.
  • This legislation is nearly identical to a bill introduced by Rep Alcee Hastings in  2011 and widely supported—by 28 national organizations and business, 175  regional organizations, 46 researchers and over 1,500 individuals.  Regrettably, those good efforts fell short.  We don’t want to fall short in helping pollinators this time!