Historic deal preserves millions of pollination corridors for monarch butterflies

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A huge swath of land that wasn’t being fully utilized has been set aside for monarch butterfly habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the University of Illinois at Chicago have signed an agreement to create habitat for the butterflies on potentially millions of acres along rights-of-way and associated land. The agreement unites more than 45 companies in the energy and transportation fields and private landowners in the voluntary conservation agreement, according to the USFWS.

Although the side of the road might not seem an ideal environment for many species, it’s perfect for butterflies and other pollinators. These miles-long buffers along highways and utilities “can support native vegetation, provide refuge for wildlife and connect fragmented habitat,” says the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, an international nonprofit organization. “They can support native vegetation, provide refuge for wildlife and connect fragmented habitat.”

Via MNN

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