PennDOT invites public to take part in garden initiative

From staff reports

In conjunction with National Pollinator Week, June 17-23, the northwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is inviting groups to adopt pollinator gardens.

The gardens can be planted and maintained at a PennDOT designated pollinator habitat site within the department’s right-of-way property, including at county facilities, interstate rest stops, or approved interchange areas or traffic islands.

Individuals or groups such as clubs, schools, churches, businesses, and families may apply to adopt gardens for two-year time frames. In return for their participation, PennDOT posts signs near the garden giving the volunteers credit for their efforts.

“PennDOT is also looking for ways to partner with the communities we serve,” District 1 Executive Jim Foringer, said “The pollinator garden project is an extension of our established Adopt-a-Highway program and offers residents another way to get involved in helping us keep Pennsylvania beautiful.”

The program is part of PennDOT’s Pollinator Habitat Plan, which aims to use partnerships to create naturalized gardens and meadows planted with pollinator-friendly plant species at designated sites.

More information on the department’s new pollinator program, including adoption applications, can be found on the Adopt and Beautify page at Potential participants in Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties can also contact Cheryl Wimer, District 1 Roadside Specialist, at (814) 678-7042.