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Best Management Practices

Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form and Guide, Natural Areas and Rangelands

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) | Xerces Society

Country
United States

Region
Multiple

Land Use / Land Cover
Natural Area or Rangeland

Agency Type
Federal, NGO

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Pollinators

Publication Type
Assessment Tool

Original Language
English

This report introduces private lands BMP guidance for pollinator habitat in rangelands and natural areas, directed toward conservation planners and private landowners. The report is developed as an assessment tool indicating relative value of existing habitat attributes and management practices.

The assessment is intended to be completed first during the planning process and again after a conservation plan has been implemented, and habitat characteristics are weighted more heavily than management practices. Recommendations are brief and somewhat general for application to multiple regions in the United States.

Appendices also direct readers to additional resources for more information. BMPs addressed include those regarding habitat identification, preservation, or restoration; invasive/pest species management; mowing or haying; grazing; and prescribed burning (Foltz Jordan et al. 2015).

  • Foltz Jordan, S., M. Vaughan, E. Lee-Mäder, J. Hopwood, J. Kay Cruz, B. Borders, J. Goldenetz-Dollar, K. Gill, N. Adamson, and A. Stine. 2014. Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form and Guide, Natural Areas and Rangelands. Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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