Would you like to see more roadside wildflowers in your county? In 2009, a model county resolution was developed by Foundation members Eleanor Dietrich and Jeff Caster for just this purpose. It recognizes the historical, environmental and cultural significance of Florida wildflowers and pledges to conserve roadside wildflowers through management practices such as reduced mowing.
Wakulla County led the way by enacting a county policy to preserve roadside wildflowers. Soon afterward, various versions of the resolution were adopted by Gadsden, Leon, Lake, Marion, Brevard and Volusia counties. Now, 31 counties and two municipalities have wildflower resolutions. Click on each county's name to learn how this effort was implemented and who led it. Use this information to bring the resolution to your own county.
The Florida Department of Transportation's Wildflower Program lays out guidelines for nominating natural areas of wildflowers for special management. Our map breaks out Florida Department of Transportation districts, each of which have a wildflower program coordinator. Counties should work directly with their district coordinator to request special management for wildflower areas along state-maintained roads. Click here for a list of wildflower coordinators.
The U.S. Highway Bee Act, sponsored by Alcee Hastings (D-FL), was adopted in December 2015. It calls for the conservation and planting of native habitat along highways that benefits wild and honey bees and butterflies, such as the iconic monarch.
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