The ACP Pollinator Habitat Initiative will help address the worldwide decline in pollinator habitats by restoring portions of the ACP right-of-way with a variety of plants that attract pollinator species.
Pollinators are essential for the production of many of the fruits and vegetables we eat daily. However, pollinator populations, particularly bees and butterflies, have sharply declined in recent years due to the loss of suitable habitat.
The Pollinator Habitat Initiative will help address this decline and create hundreds of acres of new pollinator habitat by replanting the ACP right-of-way with native grasses and wildflowers that attract the species. In addition to insects, pollinator habitat is also beneficial for other wildlife like quail, turkey and songbirds.
Approximately 750 acres of suitable locations have been identified along roughly 50 miles of the proposed pipeline route, with the most suitable locations found in flatter areas in southern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
In consultation with experts from state and federal resource agencies and conservation organizations, dozens of native seed mixes have been developed for the program, including native grasses such as Little Bluestem and Beaked Panicum, and wildflowers such as Partridge Pea and Black-Eyed Susan.
The pollinator program is voluntary and will only be implemented with the approval and input of participating landowners. All landowners who wish to participate should contact their land agent. If your property is suitable for the program, you may participate by signing a short and simple addendum to your easement agreement.