Pollinator corridors under power lines


Bees, other pollinators, can benefit from wildflowers under power lines

For safety reasons, we put restrictions on the proximity and height of trees along BC Hydro Rights-of-Way (ROW), the area under and near power lines. But there are opportunities to introduce other vegetation to these corridors, including wildflowers that act as pollinator fields.

Pollinators – especially bees – are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem and an invaluable asset to food production.

One of the ways to help support the work of these pollinators is to use the open spaces in power line corridors to create pollinator-friendly habitat. As part of a revegetation plan or site development, BC Hydro encourages the planting of pollinator gardens along our rights of way.

Learn how to prepare and submit a proposal on pages 5 & 6 of our Right of Way Guidelines document [PDF, 1.3 MB].

What a pollinator pasture looks like: Pilot pasture in Richmond

The Bridgeport Industrial Park in Richmond, B.C. serves as the pilot pasture for the project.

As the pilot pasture, this important initiative allows the research team to develop a blueprint for future projects while transforming Bridgeport Industrial Park into a dramatically enhanced site.

The project uses ideas borrowed from public art initiatives to produce an aesthetically pleasing wildflower pasture, engage the surrounding community, and create sustainable habitat for the benefit of wild pollinators.

BC Hydro partnered with the City of Richmond and Emily Carr University of Art + Design to help develop the pollinator pasture. It's a creative solution to the challenge of enhancing Bridgeport Industrial Park after the removal of hazard trees under BC Hydro's power lines.

In reducing or eliminating the need for pruning and/or mowing under power lines, the pollinator corridor also saves money for BC Hydro and the City of Richmond. It also improves employee and public safety through the reduction of work and elimination of possibly dangerous trees under the power lines.

More information on this pilot project is found here.