[PCA] The Pollinator Partnership Celebrates Pollinator Week - June 24-30, 2007
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Patricia_DeAngelis at fws.gov
Wed Jun 27 14:53:31 CDT 2007
The Pollinator Partnership Celebrates Pollinator Week - June 24-30, 2007
What's is all about?
June 24-30, 2007 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S.
Senate (S.Res. 580) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What is the Pollinator Partnership?
The Pollinator Partnership, sponsored by the North American Pollinator
Protection Campaign (NAPPC) and the Coevolution Institute, promotes
projects that help people, plants and pollinators. One project is their
website (http://www.pollinator.org/index.html), which provides pollinator
information for consumers, gardeners, educators, resource managers,
producers and farmers.
For Pollinator Handouts and Events, see:
What is PCA doing for pollinators?
Here is a sampling of pollinator activities supported by the Plant
Conservation Alliance (PCA), its Working Groups and its Member Agencies...
>Funding Conservation and Information Sharing through the Native Plant
In partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), PCA
promotes conservation and information sharing through the Native Plant
Conservation Initiative grant program, which focuses on declining native
plant species and communities throughout North America. Since the
relationship between plants and their pollinators are irrevocably
intertwined, these projects have also helped to support pollinators. Here
are examples of projects from 2006.
Pollinator Friendly Plantings (CA)
Grantee: Coevolution Institute
The project will create a template for brochures to provide name,
description, growing recommendations for native plants and their
pollinators for gardeners, conservationists and land managers. Brochures
will be produced for 4-6 ecoregions.
Willamette River Butterfly Meadow (OR)
Grantee: Walama Restoration Project
The project will restore upland prairie on three acres by using four weed
control techniques and promote the expansion of a native nursery for local
seed. Youth volunteers will propagate plants and monitor pollinators and
To see more on these and other Native Plant Conservation Initiative
projects, go to: http://www.nps.gov/plants/nfwf/index.htm
>Medicinal Plant Conservation Fact Sheets
In concert with the Medicinal Plant Working Group, the IUCN-SSC-Medicinal
Plant Specialist Group and the North American Pollinator Protection
Campaign (NAPPC) are collaborating to produce five fact sheets that
provide information on the status and conservation of medicinal plants and
their pollinators. These short, easy to read fact sheets are targeted to
practitioners, consumers and the general public, and are available online.
The fact sheets produced through this collaboration thus far are:
· Black cohosh [
· Goldenseal [
· Osha - Under development
>Alien Plant Working Group
The Alien Plant Working Group includes pollinator conservation
perspectives as part of its work to provide information on and combat the
spread of invasive plant species. For instance, in assessing the impact of
invasive alien plants (http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/bkgd.htm), APWG
Over 1,000 exotic plant species have been identified as a threat to our
native flora and fauna as a result of their aggressive, invasive
characteristics. Some exotics...contain toxins that may be lethal to
certain animals. For example, garlic mustard has been found to contain
compounds that are lethal to a native butterfly species.
[The] ecological impacts of invasive plants and includes the loss of
habitat for native insects, birds, and other wildlife; and, disruption of
native plant-animal associations such as pollination, seed dispersal and
Invasive alien plants disrupt insect-plant associations necessary for seed
dispersal of native plants and native plant-pollinator relationships;
reduce and eliminate host plants for native insects and other wildlife;
replace nutritious native plant foods with lower quality sources
How are PCA Member Agencies participating in Pollinator Week?
>Bureau of land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will also sign a memorandum with the
Coevolution Institute during National Pollinator Week, paving the way for
awareness and action on the 258 million acres of U.S. land that it
oversees -- 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government --
will support pollinator protection.
>Department of Defense
Department of Defense to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Coevolution Institute during National Pollinator Week, June 24-30.
>Department of Interior
To see a sample of DOI's research and partnerships that benefit
pollinators and their habitat, see People, Land and Water:
http://www.peoplelandandwater.gov/index.cfm and search on "Pollinator".
>USDA Forest Service
See their gateway to pollinator information at: www.fs.fed.us/
>U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The FWS is proud to announce its new Pollinator Portal at:
Additional information about FWS and Pollinator Week is avilable at: See:
http://www.fws.gov/ (Scroll down to the butterfly article!)
Additional federal involvement
>US Postal Service
The USPS unveils new stamps featuring pollinators and the plants they need
For more information, see: The Dirt: New stamps feature bird and bees -
and plants (MN Star Tribune)
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