Bayer CropScience LP announced on Tuesday that they will be investing approximately $100,000 to improve and protect habitats for pollinators and other wildlife with Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Partners Inc.
The project will aim to facilitate healthy habitat growth and protection for pollinators and other wildlife in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee.
"With funding from Bayer, we will be able to expand integrated vegetation management research on diverse ecosystems across the country that correspond to migration routes of birds and Monarchs and increase and improve habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife," Rick Johnstone, president and founder of IVM Partners, said. "These sites can be used to educate utilities, agencies and the public on how we can partner using IVM best practices to control invasive plants, reduce erosion and sedimentation of waterways, and lower the risk of wildfires."
IVM involves the selective use of herbicides that allow for native, low-growing species to grow, limited mowing and the elimination of invasive species of plants. They also aim to optimize habitats in these areas to promote pollination and reducing the carbon emissions of facilities near these areas.
"Our collaboration with IVM Partners is a model for how public-private partnerships can benefit the environment through research and implementation of best practices," Bayer CropScience President and CEO Jim Blome said.
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