Land & Environment

USU Researchers, Students, Consultants Partner With UDOT to Build Pilot Pollinator Garden

By Taylor Emerson |

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

At a rest stop just off of I-15 in Perry, Utah, sits a pollinator garden — a sanctuary habitat for pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies.

It was established in 2021 as part of a partnership between, among other agencies and organizations, the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah State University in an effort to increase public awareness of pollinators, as well as to provide them habitat on existing properties owned and managed by UDOT.

The garden is acting as a pilot plot to determine if it'd be viable to establish additional habitats like it at other UDOT sites throughout Utah. As a part of the work in establishing the Perry garden, a best-practices manual is being developed that will help guide potential future efforts elsewhere in the state.

For more information on the project, as well as more information on the Perry Pollinator Habitat, visit the Quinney College of Natural Resources website.


Taylor Emerson
Digital Journalist
University Marketing and Communications
(435) 797-2262


Mindy Wheeler
Native Plant Conservation Project Leader
Quinney College of Natural Resources

Eric LaMalfa
Assistant Professor
Department of Wildland Resources


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