TroutLilyBumblebeeAs part of KCC’s work relating to land conservation and biodiversity,  we acknowledge the important role that pollinators play in the health of our statewide ecosystem.

During the 2015 legislative session there were bills that would be considered “pollinator-friendly” legislation, including HB155 exempting sales and use tax for bees used in certain commercial enterprises,  and SB143 that includes bees within the agricultural definition of “livestock.” Neither bill passed in 2015.

False_indigo_bushKentucky has seen an uptick in turning eastern mountain lands impacted by mining into habitat for native pollinators. The Xerces Society has resources on pollinators in the southeast, which can be found HERE.

“Pollinator Habitat in Kentucky” USDA

The state has made some efforts to address pollinators in state legislation. For example, in 2010, the Kentucky Senate passed a pollinator bill that acknowledges efforts to make mine reclamation more environmentally responsible by allowing pollination sites to be established on reclaimed land. During the 2015 session, there were several bills introduced to raise the profile of bees as livestock, acknowledging their critical role in agriculture.

The United States Department of Agriculture has listed some great examples of pollinator habitat in Kentucky, including sites in Adair, Ballard, Harrison, Ohio, Russell and Warren County. Link to page HERE.

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