The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is partnering with the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) to set up 15 pollinator habitat sites in designated locations across the state to educate Georgians on the role important pollinators play in Georgia agriculture. Specific locations are being identified.
“This partnership provides Georgia DOT with the unique opportunity to create a safe and beautiful place for families and travelers to get up close to the wildflowers and herbs native to Georgia and learn more about their impact on the world that we are. surrounds, âsaid Felicity Davis. , responsible landscape architect at Georgia DOT. âWe have carefully considered the locations of these gardens and, given the safety of pedestrians, determined that the best option would be rest areas and visitor centers across the state.â
GACD has received grants from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to set up pollinator habitat sites and promote the establishment of such gardens by landowners statewide. Through a Memorandum of Understanding, Georgia DOT and GACD have entered into a partnership to meet the requirements of the grant. GACD will provide funding to the Georgia DOT Road Improvement and Beautification Fund, and the department will then install and maintain the gardens. Educational signage will be provided and maintained by the GACD. Plantings are to be completed by August 2022.
“Plants and pollinating insects not only play a vital role in supporting our state’s environment and agriculture, but with the specific mix of wildflowers and native herbs planted, the gardens will also be of interest. and year round habitat for insects and small animals, âsaid Mark Masters, President of GACD. âWe are delighted that this partnership is coming to fruition and we are looking forward to setting up the gardens. ”
Travelers who visit the gardens at designated rest areas and visitor centers can expect to see flowers in just a few months and will see new varieties each season. Georgians can contribute to Georgia DOT’s Side of the road Enhancement and beautification fund their way by donating directly to the fund or purchasing a wildflower license plate through the Driver Services Department.