A single grain of pollen is invisible to the human eye, but the role it plays in our world is seen by everyone.
Much of what we eat would not be possible without pollen, or pollinators, the insects that help transport pollen between flowers. About three quarters of our major food crops require pollinators, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
At PPL Electric Utilities, we manage more than 50,000 acres of right-of-way easements under our power lines and that gives us a unique opportunity to help provide pollinator-friendly habitat. We’re currently conducting research to develop a cost-effective seed mix of native, pollinator-friendly plants that can be used during restoration of transmission line and substation projects.
In addition to providing an ideal habitat for pollinators, the right mix of native plantings would save costs by potentially requiring less vegetation management and treatment. The final seed mix that is selected will be used whenever land is disturbed either for building new power lines or maintaining existing ones.
According to the USDA, some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.
With numbers like that, we know helping pollinators thrive is a worthy cause.