Kentucky’s Pollinator Protection Plan
According to information from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. KCC has been a part of the review of this Kentucky plan to provide additional protection for Kentucky’s pollinators. For a link to the plan, click here!
Kentucky also has a plan specifically directed toward Monarch conservation. Monarchs are particularly vulnerable since their survival is based on an ample supply of milkweed. You may find USDA Fish & Wildlife Monarch Conservation Plan here!
As 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.
Kentucky 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.
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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