What is roadside wildlife habitat?
The strip of vegetation between the edge of the road and adjacent farm or that you view while driving down the road is roadside habitat. Its home to many species of wildlife. Pheasants and quail, rabbits and grassland song birds use roadsides for nesting, feeding, roosting, and as hiding cover. Roadsides are also important travel corridors that provide wildlife safe access to other adjacent habitats. Hardin County roadsides represent a potential habitat resource of thousands of acres in our rural areas.

In addition to habitat, roadside vegetation provides other benefits. It reduces erosion and siltation in streams, reservoirs and wetlands. Healthy stands of native vegetation resist invasion by noxious weeds reducing herbicide use and maintenance costs. Native grasses and wildflowers are important components of quality habitat, while they also add color and beauty to the rural landscape.

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1. What is roadside wildlife habitat?
2. Can I plant native plants in my roadside? What are the policies/procedures?
3. What can I plant into the Right of Way?
4. Who do I call if I have a road visibility/other concern?
5. What do I do if I have noxious weeds in the roadside?
6. How do I get a "Do Not Spray" sign?