Denham and Hastings Introduce Legislation to Protect Pollinators
Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, known as the Highways BEE Act.Â The bill promotes conservation practices on 17 million acres of highway rights-of-ways (ROWS) by encouraging States and other transportation rights-of-way managers to adopt integrated vegetation management practices which will provide much-needed habitat for pollinators and other small nesting animals. Â âOur farmers and the American public are dependent upon insect pollination to ensure healthy, abundant crops, and there are many ways to encourage pollinator health. One example is allowing our highway and freeway medians to bloom and flower naturally. Under this bill, all states will be able to make the choices that are in the best interest of pollinators when managing their lands,â said Rep. Denham.