16-05: Pollinator Outreach

WHEREAS Pollinators, both native and domestic, are key to the continued productivity of many agricultural crops as well as the health and beauty of our landscapes;

WHEREAS Healthy pollinator habitat may also enhance soil health and fertility, improve water quality, control agricultural pests and support wildlife populations

WHEREAS Pollinator populations have declined because of disease, parasites, exposure to pesticides and herbicides, and degradation of food sources; and

WHEREAS human activity is able to mitigate these stresses by enhancing the number and diversity of flowering plants in our environment;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that NACD and MACD continue their support of Pollinator projects, through:

  • Educational and outreach materials with specific emphasis on the relationship between pollinators and agriculture;
  • Funding for habitat establishment, monitoring, and restoration;
  • Development of ideas and templates for pollinator projects;

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD encourage collaboration with other agencies and organizations to further develop local and regional plans for pollinator habitat enhancement; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that MACD encourages individual Conservation Districts to include pollinator projects in their annual goal setting.