Bayer to Help Pollinators and Wildlife

John DavisAgribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Bees, pollinators

BeeOnMilkweed1Bayer CropScience is putting more than $100,000 into improving pollinator and wildlife habitats on public sites in eight states. Partnering with Integrated Vegetation Management Partners, Inc., (IVM Partners), the deal will improve and expand these habitats on public rights-of-way through integrated vegetation management.

The project aims to improve habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife in upland and wetland ecosystems in sites across eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

“Bayer’s investment in this project will bring together efforts to improve pollinator and wildlife habitat, safety and aesthetics on utility and highway rights-of-way,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “Our collaboration with IVM Partners is a model for how public-private partnerships can benefit the environment through research and implementation of best practices.”

Implementing integrated vegetation management practices includes: reducing or eliminating mowing, applying selective herbicides to encourage low-growing vegetation, controlling invasive and undesirable plant species, protecting watersheds, optimizing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife, reducing carbon footprint, and reducing overall costs.

“With funding from Bayer, we will be able to expand integrated vegetation management research on diverse ecosystems across the country that correspond to migration routes of birds and Monarchs and increase and improve habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife,” said Rick Johnstone, president and founder of IVM Partners. “These sites can be used to educate utilities, agencies and the public on how we can partner using IVM best practices to control invasive plants, reduce erosion and sedimentation of waterways, and lower the risk of wildfires.”

IVM Partners is a nonprofit organization that is a liaison for industry, agency and conservation that develops programs and provides education on vegetation management and conservation best practices. The organization will work with Bayer on case study sites managed by utility or transportation rights-of-way.