RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A proposed pipeline project has announced an initiative to establish habitats for pollinators.
According to a release, the habitats for butterflies, bees and other similar insects will be established along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Pollinator Habitat Initiative will reportedly create hundreds of acres of pollinator habitat by replanting the pipeline's right of way with native grasses and wildflowers attractive to pollinator species.
The release says the project has identified 750 acres of suitable locations along the about 50 miles of pipeline route, with most being located in flatter areas in southern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
"Utility corridors offer ideal habitats for all kinds of wildlife, but especially the pollinators that are so essential for food production," said Pamela Faggert, Dominion Energy's Chief of Environmental Office and Senior Vice President of Sustainability. "This initiative builds on the more than 43,000 acres of pollinator habitats Dominion Energy has created along our electric transmission and distribution rights of way."
The company has developed native seed mixes to be used for the program that include native grasses and wildflowers.
The program is voluntary and will only be implemented with the approval and input of participating landowners, according to the release.
"By replanting the pipeline right of way with pollinator habitats, as opposed to mowed grasses, we'll be creating hundreds of acres of new habitat for these species that we otherwise wouldn't have," said Bob Glennon, a private lands biologist for the Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute. "I couldn't think of a more environmentally beneficial use of these spaces, and I'm very proud to be a part of it."
The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation also says these new habitats would be suitable for other species such as quail, turkey and songbirds.
Pollinators are essential to the production of many fruits and vegetables, but their populations have been seeing declines in recent years.
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