Pollinators are an important part of the ecosystem. They propagate the nation’s food sources, and some species are in decline because of habitat fragmentation. Utility corridors, such as those maintained by American Transmission Co., provide excellent opportunities to develop suitable habitat and food sources for pollinators.
Since pollinators use nectar for energy (carbohydrates) and pollen for growth and development (as a source of protein and fats), a variety of flowering plants throughout the year ensures that we are helping a range of pollinators, at the time of year they need it.
Low-growing, compatible vegetation is the best option to plant in the right-of-way because it provides the food sources and habitat that benefits pollinators. Native perennials and grasses can grow and thrive within transmission line rights-of-way, making pollinator-attracting vegetation ideal for utility corridors. Sustainable rights-of-way with compatible plant communities also help limit ATC’s long-term vegetation management program.
ATC’s Grow Smart® program encourages landowners to plant beautiful, safe, low-growing vegetation a safe distance from transmission line rights-of-way. Even if you do not have an easement with ATC or another electric utility, you can select low-growing, compatible planting options that also help attract pollinators.
ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program encourages planting low-growing, native flowering perennials within the transmission rights-of-way. Awards range from $100 to $5,000. Applications for the Pollinator Habitat Program are accepted June 1 through Sept. 30 each year. Recipients are selected by the end of the calendar year.