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Bee City USA Subcommittee

In December 2014, the City of Ashland adopted a resolution to become a BEE CITY USA. In 2018, Bee City USAฎ Renewed Ashland, Oregon’s Certification.

The City acknowledges the importance of pollinators to healthy ecosystems, as well as to agriculture and the local economy. Considering the dramatic declines in pollinator populations around the globe, Ashland commits to supporting bees and other pollinators on both public and private land.  In order to enhance understanding among staff and the public about the vital role that pollinators play, and what each of us can do to sustain them, the City of Ashland agrees to establish and maintain a BEE CITY USA Subcommittee, comprised of one Parks & Recreation Commissioner, one Staff Liaison and at least three citizens.

Pollinator Garden Tour
Join Bee City USA Ashland for our City's 2nd Annual Pollinator Garden Tour, which showcases garden habitats created by the citizens of Ashland. Host gardeners will welcome guests and answer questions on this self-guided tour.  Pre-register online at or call NMP Nature Center at 541-488-6606.
Date: Sunday, July 15.
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm.  
Cost: $10 (or $15 after July 13)

BCU-A Approved Pollinator Gardens

Do you or a friend have a garden that pollinators love?  
Consider nominating it and bee recognized! Our Approved Pollinator Garden program encourages homeowners, businesses, schools, organizations, farmers and gardeners to create pollinator habitats. Qualifying gardens will be recognized with a Bee City USA-Ashland garden sign and will have the opportunity to be included in Ashland’s Pollinator Garden tour map. 

Do you want to have your pollinator garden recognized? Fill out the pollinator garden nomination form.

Goal:The goal of BEE CITY USA is to promote healthy, sustainable habitats and communities for bees and other pollinators.

More information about the subcommittee the members responsibilities.

Quarterly Meetings: 

The Subcommittee holds quarterly public meetings at N MT Park Nature Center, 620 North Mountain Ave. in Ashland.  Members of the public are invited to attend and/or bring suggestions on ways to make Ashland more pollinator friendly.

View Agendas and Minutes

Resources and Information:

•    Ashland Commits to be a Bee City - Ashland Daily Tidings
•    Pollinator Friendly Gardens Get Recognition - Ashland Daily Tidings
•    Ashland's Swarm Information Press Release
•    Bee City USA Frequently Asked Questions 
•    Resources from Bee City USA 

Planting for Pollinators:

•    Ashland Saves Water - pollinator planting options for water conservation  
•    Pollinator Project Rogue Valley - Resources      
•    Rogue Valley Pollinator-Friendly Nurseries 
•    The Pollinator Partnership's planting guides by ecoregion   
•    USDA Plants Database  
•    The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation--Fact Sheets/Plant Guides 
•    National Wildlife Federation - Certified Wildlife Habitat Pollinator Information
•    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Plants for Pollinators in Oregon 
•    North Mountain Park Nature Center - Demonstration Gardens
•    OSU Extension - 12 Plants to Entice Pollinators
•    Planning a Pollinator Garden (for Elementary Schools)
•    ​Six reasons NOT to clean up the garden this fall
•    ​​Rogue Basin Native Plant List - via Ashland's Community Development ​Dept.

Pollinator Information:

•    Why Bees are Disappearing - TED talk by Marla Spivak 
•    Native Pollinators - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Pesticides and Pollinators:

•    Beyond Pesticides - non-profit organization provides resources and current information
•    Effects of subleathal doses of glyphosate on honeybee navigation – Journal of Experimental Biology  
•    How Neonicotinoids Can Kill Bees
•    Bee Safe Gardening Tips
•    Products Compatible with Organic Landscape Management
•    Want Healthier Plants? - Park Views by Commissioner Joel Heller

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