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, Oregons Certification.
Special announcement: On October 19, 2018, APRC's new Parks Superintendent, Mike Oxendine, will present at the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) in Louisville, KY, on Bee Campus and Bee City USA. Learn more about the 2018 PGMS Annual Conference.
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.
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 Ashlands 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.
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
Press for Ashland's Pollinator Garden Tour - 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.
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