Pollinator Friendly Cities
These last few years we've seen a rise in Pollinator Friendly Communities and we now have 15 cities around Minnesota that have pledged to protect pollinators on the lands they own and manage- including Shorewood, Stillwater, Saint Louis Park, South Saint Paul, Andover (with a proclamation), Mendota Heights, Maplewood, Lake Elmo, and, as of March, our three largest communities: Duluth, Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Ramsey County and two school districts have also passed resolutions.
Saint Paul, while not our largest city, has impacted the most land with their resolution, as Saint Paul Parks is under management of the city.* Check out their resolution here (agenda item 17); there's lots of detail- included great language on a defined IPM policy and land management pilots in areas with traditionally higher pesticide loads. Special thanks to authors Russ Stark, Dai Thao, and Amy Brendmoen and Mayor Chris Coleman's office.
Pollinate Minnesota worked closely with the city staff and elected officials in both Saint Paul and Minneapolis on their resolutions. We're lucky to have other amazing pollinator advocates in our state! Our friends Humming for Bees worked with Shorewood to be the first to pass a resolution. Check out their template for resolutions and the text of all resolutions here. The Pollinator Friendly Alliance (also friends:) were integral to the Stillwater being bee friendly.
Are you interested in making your city more pollinator friendly? Your neighborhood? Your county? We offer consulting services to help you transition to a bee friendly community.
and... stay tuned, we'll be linking to more local and national ongoing initiatives! There are so many exciting, inspiring examples of work around the country to protect our pollinators. We'll be celebrating them here.
*Minneapolis City and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation are separate governing bodies.