ROADSIDE REVEGETATION

An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants and Pollinator Habitat

Preface

The following sample Revegetation Plan (the Plan) was written for a Federal Highway Administration WFLHD project that is currently in the planning stage. The Plan highlights actions to be taken by the USDA Forest Service Region 6 Restoration Services Team in association with WFLHD. The Plan was previously submitted to WFLHD and will be used in the permitting process by the Contractor and Contracting Officer's Representative during the implementation phase and will be referred to during the monitoring phase. Revegetation Plans are unique to each project. This sample plan is provided here as a stand-alone document in the larger manual and is meant only as a reference from which to develop a project-specific Revegetation Plan.

This Plan is unique to the Restoration Services Team in that it is the first to intentionally include elements in the planning, implementation, and monitoring phases with the specific goal of increasing plant-pollinator interactions. Areas that would support pollinator insects with moderate effort and alteration were identified as distinct revegetation units during the planning phase. Plant species lists were developed during the planning phase to include plants known to increase nectar availability and to provide nesting, breeding, and refuge benefits. Plant materials for these species were collected for seed increase and grow-out. Minor grading to create depressions for water retention, large woody debris placement to create microhabitats, and out-planting will occur during the implementation phase in an effort to increase pollinator habitat. Pollinator abundance and diversity information will be collected during the monitoring phase to better understand practices that increased pollinator use within the project area and to identify opportunities for improving these approaches on future projects.

FHWA's Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail project has a representative revegetation plan for the planning stage.

Photo credit: Matt Horning, USFS