A review of pollinator conservation and management on infrastructure supporting rights-of-way


  • Victoria Agatha Wojcik Pollinator Partnership
  • Stephen Buchmann Pollinator Partnership




Early successional landscapes along or adjacent to infrastructure installations have been highlighted as potential pollinator conservation zones that provide environmental benefits and ameliorate some of the negative impacts of wildland conversion. Habitat development and management initiatives in this field are active, but vetted support for particular techniques and strategies is lacking and technical information is diffuse. We reviewed the current scientific and technical literature relating to right-of-way and roadside management to produce an overview. Surveys and comparative studies dominate the literature, with limited manipulative experimentation and limited tests of best management practices. Local floristic diversity is shown to be a determinant of butterfly, bee, and fly patterns but data is almost entirely lacking on vertebrate pollinators. The degree to which these linear landscape corridors can promote movement and connectivity is also not well addressed, yet there is a focus in the conservation community to promote migrations and movement. Contrasting results are reported for the impact of disturbance regimes associated with management (mowing and herbicide use), and there is also only minimal attention given to the potential negative impacts that are experienced by pollinators on rights-of-way. Even with the limited literary accounts of pollinator management in these landscapes we believe infrastructure landscapes can provide substantial benefits to pollinator species and ecosystem services and encourage further management-based investigations.


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Author Biography

Victoria Agatha Wojcik, Pollinator Partnership

Vicki Wojcik is an optimistic ecologist and city dweller that believes human populations and the natural world can coexist. For the past five years she studied the impact of urban landscapes on local bee populations, with a particular focus on how habitat resources are perceived and used by urban bees. Her current interests lie in the fields of pollinator conservation and in continuing to understand how anthropogenic factors affect species living in close proximity to human settlements. Recently, she has become increasingly interested in how policy and management decisions impact conservation efforts within cities. Vicki’s academic work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines. She received her B.Sc. Honours from the University of Guelph, Canada in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management from UC Berkeley in 2009. In addition to her work at P2, Vicki holds an appointment as a lecturer in biology at the University of California, Berkeley.


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How to Cite

Wojcik, V. A., & Buchmann, S. (2012). A review of pollinator conservation and management on infrastructure supporting rights-of-way. Journal of Pollination Ecology, 7. https://doi.org/10.26786/1920-7603(2012)5