Connecticut expands wildflower areas along highways for bees

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Flowers starting to show up for spring

Connecticut is expanding the number of bee, butterfly and hummingbird-friendly spots along state highways by encouraging wildflower growth.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut Department of Transportation already has eight designated locations where minimal mowing allows wildflowers to blossom as part of its Pollinator Corridor Program.

Another 51 areas along state highways, off-ramps and medians will be designated.

Invasive plants will be removed and native flowers and grasses will be allowed to grow, increasing the density and quality for pollinators.

The agency says it has generally reduced the amount of mowing along highways in recent years, fostering native plant growth beyond the designated areas.

The program was authorized as part of a 2016 General Assembly law supporting pollinators that face loss of habitat, disease and widespread pesticide use.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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