Roads crisis-cross the state of Oregon, making roadsides an appealing focus for creating an interconnected network of pollinator habitat. But roadside habitat has to fit within the constraints faced by Departments of Transports. In this episode we hear about some of those constraints and successes achieved by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  

Our guest this week is Robert Marshall, who is the Roadside Development and Landscape Architecture Program Lead for ODOT. He is also a member of ODOT’s Pollinator Task Force.

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Links:

How ODOT Helps Protect Pollinator Habitat (Brochure)

Robert’s book recommendation: Natural vegetation of Oregon and Washington (Franklin and Dyrness, 1973)

Robert’s go-to-tool: USDA NRCS Plant Database

Robert’s favorite pollinator species: Yucca whipplei and the yucca moth

4 thoughts on “115 – Robert Marshall – Roadside pollinator habitat

  1. This was terrific. I’ll never curse or even question mowing again or why this was planted instead of that. Bless ODOT for juggling 100 balls at once. Thank you for sharing as it leads to understanding and even might I say compassion!

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  2. Great podcast! I appreciate the effort ODOT is putting out to add pollinator habitat. Thanks for the info about the increase in pollinators offsetting deaths near high traffic areas. I learned a ton about ODOT that I took for granted. Thanks.

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  3. Great articulate educational presentation! The intent and efforts described for ODOT stewardship statewide are greatly appreciated. This is very good for gaining an appreciation for the complications and opportunities involved in roadside maintenance and development. If only every citizen would listen to this podcast. Good job!

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  4. Surreptitiously, I received an email from Senator Jeff Merkley regarding legislation to get Federal funds to help States plant pollinator habitat along roadsides. I will pass along the link to Mr. Marshall of ODOT and the conflicting and multiple factors that need to be taken into consideration with planting pollinators.
    See an excerpt from his email below.

    That’s why this week, I introduced the bipartisan Monarch and Pollinator Highway (MPH) Act of 2019 , to help states get federal support to transform thousands of miles of road-adjacent vegetation into pollinator havens. This legislation establishes a voluntary grant program for state departments of transportation to implement and carry out pollinator-friendly practices along American roads and highways. These efforts include the planting and seeding of native, locally-appropriate vegetation that protects bees and butterflies, and addressing invasive weed and pest issues that threaten their populations.

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