When you tackle the work of managing invasive plants along roadsides and other rights of way, there is the risk of damaging the native habitat that supports important wildlife species. Clearion can partner with your organization to help identify optimal and economical ways to manage the weeds while promoting beneficial native plants, such as milkweed.
An 18-mile stretch of Georgia Highway called The Ray is one example of how a collaboration to manage right-of-way land in a sustainable way has resulted in a rich and beautiful habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Those plants and pollinators are important because a full 90% of our food sources rely on cross pollination. If the bees and the butterflies are threatened because they don’t have adequate places to live, breed, and flourish, our food supply suffers. Seriously.
That’s where the milkweed comes in! Monarch butterflies feed and breed almost exclusively on milkweed. Clearion has helped map out an integrated vegetation management plan that times the mowing, spraying, and herbicide application to effectively manage any weed problem while protecting and promoting the lifecycle of the milkweed and Monarch butterfly. What's good for butterflies and other pollinators is good for all of us.
It's All in the Planning and Execution.
What we have learned along the way is that the best and most economical approach to invasive weed management (IVM) is prevention. We have also learned that understanding the natural elements of the land that you need to manage is an integral part of the process. Clearion’s tools help you plan, collect data, track, respond to, and report on location-specific tasks in the field and at the main office. We provide a top-to-bottom solution for all stakeholders. All while you seek accreditation from the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council.
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Madelyn Mateo, Sr. Scientist / Consultant