NYS Pollinator Task Force Makes First Recommendations
Pollinators are some of the hardest-working creatures inn the animal kingdom, and we rely on their work to produce popular foods including almonds, strawberries and lemons among many, many others. And as you likely know, pollinators have been threatened, mainly by loss of habitat and widespread pesticide use. But now New York has released recommendations that will help encourage pollinators, which is a good idea- pollinators contribute greatly to New York's agricultural industry, adding about $350 million a year to the economy in pollinator services alone.
The New York State Pollinator Protection Plan was created in coordination with the Task Force advisory group, which included a wide variety of stakeholders—including farmers, apiarists, pesticide applicators and environmentalists. The Task Force held four roundtable meetings with the advisory group, and solicited public comments, on important issues critical to the development of the plan. As a result of listening sessions and stakeholder input, the Task Force focused its recommendations on four priority areas:
Stuyvesant Cove Park is a wildlife habitat, and we have many species of pollinator attracting plants blooming now, including four species of native milkweed, and bee balm, also known as wild bergamot, which is- surprise!- a favorite with bees.
- Development of Voluntary Best Management Practices for all pollinator stakeholders, including beekeepers, growers, land owners, state agencies and the general public;
- Habitat enhancement efforts to protect and revive populations of native and managed pollinators;
- Research and monitoring of pollinators to better understand, prevent and recover from pollinator losses; and
- Development of an outreach and public education program on the importance of pollinators, engaging the public to be active participants to seek solutions to pollinator declines.
You can read more about New York's Pollinator Protection Plan on the Governor's website here.