On December 16, 2014, Ashland, Oregon, took its place as the fifth Bee City USA community with a unanimous vote of the City Council.
Mayor Stromberg said, “We appreciate Kristina LeFever and the other volunteers involved in Pollinator Project Rogue Valley who advocated for Ashland to become a Bee City USA. Ashland’s City Council let it be known that they understand the importance of pollinators, and therefore want to make this city even more pollinator-friendly.”
Michael A. Black, Director of Ashland Parks and Recreation, said, “We are in the selection process right now for the public members of the new Bee Committee – there are a lot of people who want to be involved. We won’t have any problem filling the seats.”
Ever since Asheville [NC] became the inaugural Bee City USA in June, 2012, Bee City USA founders have been building a movement to welcome other cities and towns into the network. Founder and director Phyllis Stiles communicates each week with cities interested in becoming designated, with the hope of raising more awareness of how residents can help pollinators. She aspires to make people more PC (“pollinator conscious,” that is). “If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk—including bees we all depend on for our food production," said Stiles. “How each city celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens. When a child falls in love with pollinators, they are friends for life.”
For information about getting involved with pollinator education and habitat development in Ashland, contact Parks and Recreation’s Bee City USA liaison, Libby VanWyhe at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Bee City USA sub-committee meets the third Wednesday of each quarter. Your ideas about how Ashland should celebrate National Pollinator Week, the third week of June, are especially welcome. If you are interested in serving on the Bee Committee, the deadline to apply is Friday, March 6. Please visit www.ashland.or.us/BeeCityUSA
for more information.
Bee City USA urges municipalities, individuals, organizations, corporations and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides.
For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit www.beecityusa.org
Visit the Ashland Parks & Recreation home page
or call 541.488.5340 for more information.