Pollinator Corridor

Pollinator Corridor

Pollinator Corridor

In the spring of 2016, Lloyd EcoDistrict, in partnership with Go Lloyd and City Repair, began the first phase of a Pollinator Corridor. A pollinator corridor is a social sculpture that combines ecology, community engagement, and design. It serves to turn a pre-existing urban area – like a curbside or a rooftop – into a bustling environment for pollinator animals and bugs. Pollinators are an important part of our environmental and agricultural systems. 75% of all plants require bees for pollination including most of our food. Out of all the types of pollinators, native species like mason bees and monarch butterflies are responsible for 80% of the planet’s plant life. As bee populations have steadily been declining, pollinator corridors in urban areas are a way to support the healthy growth of these communities. In June 2017, Lloyd EcoDistrict, City Repair, and volunteers with Wells Fargo completed the second phase of the corridor, expanding the project from NE 15th Avenue all the way down to NE 7th Avenue.

Pollinator Sign

While several US cities have begun to develop pollinator corridors, this is Portland’s first. Not only that, but in planting the corridor along the NE Multnomah bikeway, we have established the country’s first official POLLINATOR BIKEWAY!

We’ve planted native perennials in the planters which, once established, will require much less watering and maintenance than annual varieties. In this portion of the corridor, you will find:

  • Kinnikinnick – This native herbaceous trailing plant is ideal for ground-cover and for the soil’s water retention.
  • Milkweed – This ‘showy’ milkweed is a tall flowering plant whose pods act as local headquarters for the revered monarch butterflies heading to and from Mexico.
  • Salal – An abundantly useful and ‘overshadowed’ plant whose habitat lies in the woodland understory. Birds and butterflies love this adaptable plant.
  • Yarrow – A tough plant that favors low water landscapes, yarrow is reliable and thrives in urban landscapes. Pollinators love this plant, and it is good for biodiversity.

 

 

With support from Green Zebra, Hassalo on Eighth, Portland DoubleTree Hotel, and Lloyd Center Mall we are working towards a healthier urban community and ecosystem.