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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Town of Davidson Becomes the 37th Bee City USA in the Nation

The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to become a Bee City USA® as recommended by the Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC), Davidson Parks and Recreation Department, Livability Board, and local bee keepers. The Town of Davidson has designated the Davidson Lands Conservancy Outreach Committee as the facilitating committee for Davidson’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator friendliness.

Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world's plant species and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

“The Davidson Board of Commissioners and I understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want to make Davidson more pollinator-friendly,” said Mayor John Woods. “As one of our core values states, ‘Citizens must live in a healthy environment, so town government will protect watersheds, trees, air quality, and other elements of the town’s ecology’ – we are proud of this designation.”

“Davidson is an ideal candidate for certification because of its rich history of bee-keeping,” said Davidson Lands Conservancy’s Christine Lisiewski. “This designation parallels the DLC’s Pollinator Project promoting education and awareness for pollinators and the enhancement and establishment of pollinator habitat in town.”

Bee City USA founder and director Phyllis Stiles said, “The program 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. How each city or county 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.”

Why are pollinators important? One in three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. 90% of the world’s wild plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.

The Davidson Lands Conservancy pollinator sub-committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Davidson Lands Conservancy office at 120 S. Main Street and invites people to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives for the town.

For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit www.beecityusa.org or email Director Phyllis Stiles at beecityusa@gmail.com.  For more information about the Davidson Bee City USA program, contact Christine Lisiewski at 704-400-2820 or Charlene Minor at cminor@townofdavidson.org

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