About this petition
Highways BEE Act: H.R. 4790 was introduced by Reps Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) on May 30 and is strongly supported by the Pollinator Partnership (P2). Hastings and Denham are co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C).
Who Can Sign:
- Organizations at all levels and types (national, state, local)
- Researchers, other individuals
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GROUP LETTER IN SUPPORT OF HIGHWAYS BEE ACT
The undersigned support H.R. 4790, the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Pollinator Protection Act (Highways BEE Act).
Pollinators, such as honey bees and native pollinators, birds, bats, and butterflies, are essential to healthy ecosystems and are vital partners in American agriculture. Honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators are suffering drastic population losses, due in part to loss of habitat.
Highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) represent about 17 million acres of opportunity where significant economic and conservation/environmental benefits can be achieved through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices, that can—
- Significantly reduce mowing and maintenance costs for State DOTs, and
- Help create habitat, forage and migratory corridors that will contribute to the health of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other native pollinators, as well as ground nesting birds and other small wildlife.
Neighboring agricultural lands and wildlife ecosystems will benefit through improved pollination services.
The Highways BEE Act directs the Secretary of Transportation to use existing authorities, programs and funding to encourage and facilitate IVM and pollinator habitat efforts by willing State DOTs and other transportation ROWs managers, building on innovative IVM efforts in a growing number of State DOTs.
- H.R. 4790 promotes conservation practices on 17 million acres of highway rights-of-way (ROWs) by encouraging willing State DOTs to reduce mowing and plant for pollinators, providing improved habitat for pollinators, ground nesting birds and other small wildlife.
- Important to act quickly, as transportation reauthorization legislation appears to be on a fast track in Congress.
- The goal is to get an amendment based on the Highways BEE Act in that important legislation.
- This legislation is nearly identical to a bill introduced by Rep Alcee Hastings in 2011, and widely supported—by 28 national organizations and business, 175 regional organizations, 46 researchers and over 1,500 individuals. Regrettably, those good efforts fell short. We don’t want to fall short in helping pollinators this time!
HR 4790 Bill Text
Highways BEE Act P2 Summary
Hastings May Floor Statement
Hastings May 30 Media Release
Group Petition, Organization Signatories to Date
Group Petition, Organization & Individual Signatories to Date
POLLINATOR ACTION REQUEST:
You can help honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators by signing on to group letter as ORGANIZATION and/or as INDIVIDUAL.
220 national, state and local organizations and businesses and over 2,300 researchers and other individuals from all walks of life, across the nation, have signed to date.
National Organizations & Businesses Signed On to Date:
American Beekeeping Federation
American Farmland Trust
American Honey Producers Association
American Horticulture Industry Association (AmericanHort)
American Seed Trade Association
American Society of Landscape Architects
Applewood Seed Company
Bee Culture Magazine
Bee Health at eXtension.org
Blue Diamond Growers
Center for Food Safety
Defenders of Wildlife
Entomological Society of America
Ernst Conservation Seeds
Great Sunflower Project
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream
Jasper Wyman & Son
National Association of Conservation Districts
National Farmers Union
National Gardening Association
National Pest Management Association
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
Professional Landcare Network
Project Apis m.
Saint Louis Zoo
Society of American Florists
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC
The Xerces Society
U.S. Apple Association
United Fresh Produce Association
Wildlife Habitat Council