It’s National Pollinator Week, and a transmission right-of-way near North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives’ Hamlet power plant continues to bloom as part of the NC Wildlife Federation’s “Butterfly Highway” program. A one-acre plot of pollinator-friendly plants native to the state is in its second year of growth during a three-year assessment period. The project delivers a vegetation management solution that meets both our reliability compliance and environmental stewardship goals.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is currently encouraging public support of monarch butterfly habitats, including through rights-of-way plantings. The agency is reviewing the butterfly’s status for possible inclusion on the endangered species list in 2019.
“There is no one group or agency responsible for providing habitat needed for monarch conservation,” the agency said. “All organizations, agencies and individuals must work together to improve, restore and create grassland habitats to save monarchs.”