Updated June 19, 2019

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Beautification Division is providing funding for meadow planting at the I-65 Welcome Center in Giles County.

Funding will go toward seeds, herbicides, machinery and other items to support plantings.

 Work is set to begin in the spring of 2020 at the Welcome Center.   

According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, pollinators are a diverse group of species, including birds, bees, butterflies, bats and beetles. They are critically important to life, and pollinate one-third of the food we eat. Their numbers are in steady decline as a result of loss of habitat, pests and pathogens, exposure to pesticides and other stressors.

TDOT is doing its part to meet these challenges by decreasing rural interstate mowing and adjusting the mixes of herbicides applied to the 13,807 miles of state-maintained roadway rights-of-way.