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NRCS documents for pollinator conservation and enhancement:

The 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills both made pollinators a priority for all USDA conservation programs. See Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation for details. To support this mandate, state and national guidance documents have been developed by the NRCS to help conservation planners and landowners who are working to protect and improve pollinator habitat.

These technical documents include plant lists, fact sheets, and other general guidance such as technical notes, habitat installation guides, and habitat assessment guides that provide additional information to improve planning and implementation of conservation practices or broaden understanding of a practice's value. The NRCS and its partners have also presented and recorded webinars to help train NRCS staff, partners, and landowners on pollinator habitat conservation techniques.

The following table lists links to national, regional, and State-specific NRCS guidance on pollinator conservation. NRCS administrative regions follow.

  • West Region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, Pacific Islands Area, UT, WA, WY
  • Central Region: IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, TX, WI
  • Northeast: CT, DC, DE, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV
  • Southeast: AL, AR, Caribbean Area, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA

Click on the gray triangles to the right of each column heading to sort on that column. The upper triangle will sort the column in ascending order (0-9,a-z). The lower triangle will sort the column in descending order (z-a, 9-0)



Region State NRCS Pollinator Resources Job Sheets Plant Lists Fact Sheets General Guidance Webinar
Nationwide All USDA NRCS How NRCS is Helping Pollinators       x  
Nationwide All USDA NRCS How Farmers Can Help Pollinators       x  
Nationwide All USDA NRCS How Gardeners Can Help Pollinators       x  
Nationwide All Biology Technical Note No. 78, 2nd Ed.: Using 2014 Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation       x  
Nationwide All Agronomy Technical Note No. 9: Preventing or Mitigating Potential Negative Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators Using Integrated Pest Management and Other Conservation Practices (2014)       x  
Nationwide All Streamlined Bee Monitoring Protocol for Assessing Pollinator Habitat (2014)       x  
Nationwide All Windbreaks: Designed with Pollinators in Mind. N. Adamson, T. Ward, M. Vaughan. 2011. Inside Agroforestry: Windbreaks Vol. 20(1).       x  
Nationwide All Agroforestry Note 32: Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat for Crop Pollination. M. Vaughan and S. Black. 2006. USDA National Agroforestry Center.        x  
Nationwide All Agroforestry Note-33: Improving Forage for Native Bee Crop Pollinators. M. Vaughan and S. Black. 2006. USDA National Agroforestry Center.       x  
Nationwide All Agroforestry Note-33: Improving Forage for Native Bee Crop Pollinators. M. Vaughan and S. Black. 2006. USDA National Agroforestry Center.       x  
Nationwide All Agroforestry Note 34: Enhancing Nest Sites for Native Bee Crop Pollinators. M. Vaughan and S. Black. 2006. USDA National Agroforestry Center.       x  
Nationwide All Agroforestry Note 35: Pesticide Considerations for Native Bees in Agroforestry, M. Vaughan and S. Black. 2006. USDA National Agroforestry Center.        x  
Nationwide All Milkweeds: A Conservation Practitioner's Guide: Plant Ecology, Seed Production Methods, and Habitat Restoration Opportunities (2014)       x  
Nationwide All USDA NRCS Wildlife Habitat Institute Native Pollinators brochure       x  
Nationwide All USDA NRCS Honey Bee Monitoring Training (2014)         x
Nationwide All Conserving Pollinators While Addressing Other Resource Concerns (2013)         x
Nationwide All Developing Seeding Rates for Conservation Plantings (2010)         x
Nationwide All Establishment and Maintenance of Buffers in Organic Systems (2011)         x
Nationwide All Establishment of Wildflower Habitat for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, and Wildlife (2011)         x
Nationwide All Evaluating, Establishing & Maintaining Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects (2012)         x
Nationwide All Farming for Bees: Conservation of Native Pollinators (2010)         x
Nationwide All Farming for Beneficial Insects: Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids (2013)         x
Nationwide All Farm Service Agency: Pollinator Habitat Planting CP-42       x  
Nationwide All Preventing or Mitigating Potential Negative Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators (2013)         x
Nationwide All Bats (Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet No. 5)       x  
Nationwide All Butterflies (Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet No. 15)       x  
Nationwide All Native Pollinators (Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet No. 34)       x  
Nationwide All Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet No. 34)       x  
West West Region Technical Note: Plant Materials No. 2A: Plants for Pollinators in the Intermountain West (revised Jan. 2011)       x  
West West Region Technical Note: Biol. Technical Note No. 24: Plants for Pollinators in the Inland Northwest (revised Jan. 2013)       x  
West West Region Great Basin Pollinator Plants: Native Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) (Oct. 2012)   x      
West West Region Plant List: Plant Materials Center: Partial list of Plant Species for Pollinator Habitat in the Inland Pacific Northwest (Aug. 2009)   x   x  
West West Region Habitat Planting for Pollinators: Pacific Islands Area       x  
West AK Introduction to Alaska Insect Pollinators (Feb. 2013)     x    
West AZ Technical Note (PMC): Plants for Enhancing Pollinator Habitat in Arizona (Sept. 2012)   x      
West CA Technical Note: Biology CA 19: Pollinator Biology and Habitat in California (April 2009)       x  
West CA Technical Note: Plant Materials CA 82: Seedling Identification Guide for Pollinator Hedgerow Forbs of California's Central Valley (April 2011)       x  
West CA Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422a) for Pollinators: Central Valley, Central Coast, Southern California (Aug. 2014) x        
West CA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327a) for Pollinators: Central Valley, Central Coast, Southern California (Aug. 2014) x        
West CA California Pollinator Plants: Native Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) (Jan. 2011)   x      
West CA Plant List: Recommended Plants to Support Pollinators in California Almond Orchards   x      
West CO Job Sheet for Pollinator Plantings (Dec. 2008) x        
West CO CRP Pollinator Planting Checklist (Mar. 2011)       x  
West CO Technical Note: Pollinator Biology and Habitat       x  
West CO Technical Note: PMC note No.2C: Plant Materials for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado (July 2013)       x  
West CO Job Sheet: Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guide - Pollinator Habitat (Dec. 2008) x        
West HI Plant List: Plant Materials Center: Partial list of Plant Species for Pollinator Habitat in the Inland Pacific Northwest (Aug. 2009)   x   x  
West ID Plant List: Cover Mixes (327) for Idaho CRP- Pollinators (Feb. 2011)   x      
West ID UT and ID PMC: Plant Guide: Welsh's Milkweed (2010)   x      
West ID Aberdeen Plant Materials Center: Plants for Pollinators at the PMC   x      
West MT Technical Note: Montana Native Plants for Pollinator-Friendly Plantings (April 2005)       x  
West MT Technical Note: Biol Technical Note No. MT-20: Habitat Development for Pollinator Insects (March 2008)       x  
West NM Technical Note: Plant Materials Technical Note No. 71: Preliminary Pollinator Plant Recommendations for New Mexico (Feb. 2012)       x  
West NM Job Sheet: NM CRP-CP42, Pollinator Habitat (645) (Aug. 2012) x        
West NM Habitat Development for Beneficial Insects for Pest Management          
West NM Pocket Guide to the Beneficial Insects of New Mexico       x  
West NM Pocket Guide to the Native Bees of New Mexico       x  
West NV Technical Note: Plant Materials NV-57: Plants for Pollinator Habitat in Nevada (June 2013)       x  
West OR Technical Note: Plant Materials No. 13: Plants for Pollinators in Oregon (March 2008)       x  
West OR Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Western Oregon and Washington (June 2013) x        
West OR Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422) for Pollinators: Western Oregon and Washington (June 2013) x        
West UT Information About Utah Pollinators       x  
West UT Plant List: Plants for Pollinators   x      
West UT Technical Note: PMC note No.2C: Plant Materials for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado (July 2013)       x  
West UT Plant List: Utah CRP CP 42 Pollinator Planting Recommendations 2014   x      
West UT UT and ID PMC: Plant Guide: Welsh's Milkweed (2010)   x      
West WA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Oregon and Washington (June 2013) x        
West WA Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422) for Pollinators: Oregon and Washington (June 2013) x        
West WY Techinical Note: Wyoming Plant Materials Technical Note 17, Plants for Pollinators in the Intermontain West (July 2010)       x  
Central Central Region Pollinator Plants of the Central United States: Native Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) (June 2013)   x      
Central IA Job Sheet: Pollinator Habitat: Iowa Job Sheet (March 2011) x        
Central IL Technical Note: Illinois Biology Technical Note No. 23: Pollinator Biology and Habitat (Jan. 2014)       x  
Central IN Job Sheet: Indiana CRP Practice CP42 Pollinator Habitat Program Job Sheet (June 2012, ver. 1.3) x        
Central IN Job Sheet: 612 (Tree/Shrub Establishment) - Indiana CP3a Pollinator Habitat Specification Sheet (Oct. 2010, ver. 1.0) x        
Central IN Biology Guide Sheet: Using Cover Crops to Benefit Pollinators (Oct. 2014)       x  
Central KS Technical Note: Kansas Biology Technical Note No. KS-37 (May 2011)       x  
Northeast MI Technical Note No. 20: Pollinator Biology and Habitat (April 2013, revised 3/2014) x        
Northeast MI Farm Service Agency: CRP-SAFE Native Pollinator Planting       x  
Central MN Job Sheet: Native Habitat Development for Pollinators- Minnesota (June 2015) x        
Central MN Pollinator Habitat Management - Biology Job Sheet #17       x  
Central MN Biology Technical Note: Factors Affecting Butterfly Use of Filter Strips in Southwest Minnesota       x  
Central MO Job Sheet: Missouri Native Forb Information Sheet (645F) May 2011) x        
Central MO Job Sheet: Missouri Native Pollinators (May 2011) x        
Central ND Fact Sheet: Pollinators Fact Sheet (June 2012)   x x    
Central NE NE Conservation Planning Sheet 26: CRP CP42 Pollinator Habitat Establishment and Management (March 2011)          
Central OK Technical Note: TX-PM-11-02: Pollinator Plants for North Central and West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma (April 2011)   x   x  
Central OK Establishing Native Pollinator Habitat Organically: Tips from the Kerr Center       x  
Central OK Technical Note: Biology-OK-33: Establishing Flowering Plants for Pollinator Habitat Areas (July 26, 2010)       x  
Central OK Job Sheet: Tree/Shrub Establishment (612) & Hedgerow Planting for Pollinators (422)          
Central SD Fact Sheet: SD-FS-55 South Dakota- Pollinators     x    
Central TX Technical Note: TX-PM-11-02: Pollinator Plants for North Central and West Texas and Southwestern Oklahoma (April 2011)       x  
Central TX Technical Note: No. TX-PM-08-02: Pollinator Plants for Texas Conservation Practices (Sept. 2008)       x  
Central TX Plant List: East Texas PMC: Plants for Pollinator Habitat (Pollinator Plants of the ETPMC) (2008)   x      
Central TX Plant List: East Texas PMC: Native Pollinator Habitat Plants Matrix (2008)   x      
Central TX Technical Note No.: TX-PM-14-02: Common Beneficial Insects and Their Habitat (April 2014)       x  
Central WI Technical Note: Wisconsin Biology Technical Note 8: Pollinator Biology and Habitat (revised Sept. 2013)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: New England (Oct. 2012) x        
Northeast Northeast Region Plant List: Wildflower Plant Characteristics for Pollinator and Conservation Plantings in the Northeast (May 2012)   x      
Northeast Northeast Region Pollinator-Friendly Plants for the Northeast United States, Big Flats Plant Materials Center Technical Note 11164 (2012)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region Technical Note (New England Biology Technical Note): Pollinator Biology and Habitat (April 2009)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region Ease of Establishment and Persistence Ratings for Various Wildflowers, After Four Growing Seasons, Big Flats Plant Materials Center, ID# 11526 (2012)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region Field Studies for Establishing Native Wildflowers to Increase Pollinator Habitat, Big Flats Plant Materials Center, ID# 11401 (2012)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region Germination Requirements of Native Wildflowers, Big Flats Plant Materials Center, ID# 11400 (2012)       x  
Northeast Northeast Region hCommon Bees and Best Bee Plants of the East (2012)         x
Northeast CT Backyard Conservation Tip Sheet:Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard       x  
Northeast CT Butterfly Nectar Sources (Perennial Garden Plants Rich in Nectar)   x      
Northeast CT Butterfly Nectar Sources (Naturalized Plants)   x      
Northeast DE Technical Note: Delaware Native Plants for Native Bees       x  
Northeast DE Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327): Herbaceous plantings for pollinator habitat (August 2013) x        
Northeast DE Farm Management for Native Bees: A Guide for Delaware       x  
Northeast MA Massachusetts Pollinator Activity Sheet: Flower Rich Foraging Habitats for Bees (June 2012)       x  
Northeast MA Massachusetts Pollinator Seed Rate Calculator   x      
Northeast MA Pollinato Habitat Assessment Guide (Aug. 2011)       x  
Northeast MA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) - Pollinators; Massachusetts (April 2013) x        
Northeast MD Job Sheet: Addendum- Selected list of Herbaceous Cover Mixes: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Maryland (Jan. 2012) x        
Northeast MD Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Maryland (Jan. 2012) x        
Northeast MI Technical Note: Michigan Biology Technical Note No. 20: Pollinator Biology and Habitat (April 2013)       x  
Northeast MI Conservation Management Sheet: Biology Series 645 Wildflower Plantings (July 2004)       x  
Northeast MI Job Sheet: Michigan Native Pollinator Habitat: CRP CP42 (March 2011) x        
Northeast NH Herbaceous Plugs and Potted Plants for Pollinators (2010)   x      
Northeast NH Pollinator Guidance for Conservation Cover (327) and Tree/Shrub Establishment (612) (Aug. 2011)/td>       x  
Northeast NH Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators Planting Guide (Aug. 2011) x        
Northeast NH Pollinator Plant Pictures (May 2011)   x      
Northeast NH Pollinator Site Prep (Mar. 2015)       x  
Northeast NH Pollinator Seed Mix Calculator (July 2010)   x      
Northeast NH Pollinator Mixes   x      
Northeast NJ Technical Note: New Jersey Habitat Development for Pollinators       x  
Northeast NJ Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: New Jersey (Sept. 2013) x        
Northeast NJ Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422) for Pollinators: New Jersey (Sept. 2013) x        
Northeast NJ Pamphlet: Native Bee Benefits for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers (May 2009)       x  
Northeast NY Pollinator-Friendly Plants for the Northeast United States, Big Flats Plant Materials Center Technical Note 11164 (2012)       x  
Northeast OH Job Sheet: Pollinator Habitat Establishment: Supplement to CRP Practice Job Sheet CP1, CP2, CP3A, CP10 (Aug. 2010)          
Northeast PA Pamphlet: Native Bee Benefits for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers (May 2009)       x  
Northeast PA Riparian Forest Buffer (391) Woody Plants for Use in Pollinator-Friendly Plantings (for use with : 327, 380, 386, 391, 422, 612, 650, ANM14, PLT01, PLT06, PLT08, PLT15)   x      
Northeast PA Job Sheet: Conservation Reserve Program Job Sheet CP42 Pollinator Habitat (March 2011) x        
Northeast PA Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422) for Pollinators: Pennsylvania (Nov. 2014) x        
Northeast PA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Pennsylvania (Nov. 2014) x        
Northeast PA Attracting Native Pollinators to your Farm (Apr. 2011)       x  
Northeast RI Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators in New England Job Sheet Installation Guide x        
Northeast RI Heinz Center: Rhode Island Pollinators and Agriculture (2013)       x  
Northeast VT Plant List: Vermont NRCS PM Technical Note No. 2: List of Vermont Plants Important to Bees (Aug. 2009)   x      
Northeast WV Technical Note: West Virginia Pollinator Handbook   x   x  
Northeast WV Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators (May 2011) x        
Northeast WV Job Sheet: Cover Crop (340) for Pollinators (Apr. 2011) x        
Northeast WV Job Sheet: Field Borders (386) for Pollinators (Apr. 2011) x        
Northeast WV Job Sheet: Hedgerow Planting (422) for Pollinators and Wildlife (Apr. 2011) x        
Northeast WV Job Sheet: Integrated Pest Management (595) for Pollinators (Apr. 2011) x        
Northeast WV WV NRCS Pollinator Habitat Assessment       x  
Northeast WV WV NRCS Pollinator Plant List   x      
Northeast WV WV NRCS Pollinator Mix Calculator   x      
Southeast Southeast Region Common Bees and Best Bee Plants of the East (2012)         x
Southeast Southeast Region Native Understory Forbs and Grasses for Pollinator and Insect Utilization in Southeastern Longleaf Pine Ecosystems   x      
Southeast Southeast Region Farm Service Agency: Conservation Reserve Program - Longleaf Pine Initiative (Mar. 2011)       x  
Southeast AL 2008 Conservation Security Program (CSP) Wildlife Enhancement Activity-Pollinator Areas       x  
Southeast AL AL NRCS Helping to Establish Pollinator Habitats (Mar. 2014)       x  
Southeast AR Conservation Work for Honey Bees       x  
Southeast FL Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators: Florida (revised Feb. 2015) x        
Southeast FL Job Sheet: Hedgerows (422) for Pollinators: Florida (revised Feb. 2015) x        
Southeast FL Plant Materials Fact Sheets No. 4:  Developing Planting Mixtures for Pollinator Habitats (2012)   x      
Southeast FL Pollinator Species Mixes and Cost Estimator Spreadsheet   x      
Southeast FL Plant Materials Fact Sheets No. 3: Planting Native Species for Flower Rich Pollinator Habitats (2009)   x      
Southeast FL Pollinator Species Site Specific Cost Estimator x        
Southeast GA Plant Materials Center- Guide to Pollinator Plants of South Georgia and Adjacent Areas (2009)   x      
Southeast GA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) Pollinator Habitat (Aug. 2011) x        
Southeast GA Georgia Native Plants (Dec. 2012)   x      
Southeast KY Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327) for Pollinators (Feb. 2015) x        
Southeast KY Job Sheet: Hedgerow (422) for Pollinators (Nov. 2013) x        
Southeast KY Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form and Guide (Jan. 2013)       x  
Southeast KY Pollinator Habitat in Kentucky       x  
Southeast LA Louisiana Seeding Rate Table   x      
Southeast MS MS NRCS Pollinator Habitat       x  
Southeast MS Technical Note: Pollinator Conservationist Committee of MS Chapter SWCS: Establishing Native Habitat for Mississippi's Native Pollinators (April 2009)       x  
Southeast MS Honey Bees Help Mississippi Farm Production       x  
Southeast MS CRP CP-42 Pollinator Habitat Establishment and Management Guidelines (MS-CRP-647-01) (revised Mar. 2011)       x  
Southeast NC Technical Note: Native Understory Forbs and Grasses for Pollinator and Insect Utilization in Southeastern Longleaf Pine Ecosystems       x  
Southeast SC Job Sheet: South Carolina Conservation Cover (327) Wildflowers for Pollinators (revised Jan. 2015) x        
Southeast SC Job Sheet: South Carolina Conservation Cover (327) Monarch Butterfly Habitat (Jan. 2015) x        
Southeast TN Job Sheet: Tennessee Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CP42- Pollinator Habitat (July 2012) x        
Southeast VA Job Sheet: Conservation Cover (327): Wildflower Meadow for Wildlife and Pollinators: Virginia (Sept. 2007) x        
Southeast VA Virginia Plant Establishment Guide (Plant Lists): Plant Species, Rates, Planting Methods, Dates and Techniques (October 2014)   x