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Pollinator Week 2014 Mobilizes America’s Forests for Pollinators

Posted July 14, 2014

Daniel Jordan, Jan Schultz, Mary Byrne, and Robinson Sudan.
Daniel Jordan (Potosi-F’town Wildlife Biologist), Jan Schultz (Eastern Region Botany/NNIS Program Manager), Mary Byrne and Robinson Sudan both from the Pollinator Partnership.

The Pollinator Partnership (P2) finished the second of two pilot trainings with United States Forest Service personnel to increase the pollinator-friendly management of the nation’s forests.  That these two trainings took place during P2’s signature initiative Pollinator Week underscores its importance.  The two trainings provide regionally-specific forest management practices including monitoring for pollinators and eliminating chemical impacts on pollinators. The pilot trainings are in their first year, and Pollinator Partnership Plant Ecologist Mary Byrne and P2 Biologist Robinson Sudan are excited about the training 2.0 that will roll-out in 2015.

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Pollinator Workshop Held on Ottawa National Forest

Posted July 11, 2014

Pollinator Partnership’s Biologist Robinson Sudan oversees netting practice.
Pollinator Partnership’s Biologist Robinson Sudan oversees netting practice.

The Ottawa National Forest hosted a pollinator workshop at the Supervisor’s Office in Ironwood, Michigan, on June 17, 2014. The workshop was one of two pilot trainings sponsored by the Forest Service’s Eastern Region and the Pollinator Partnership, with the one-day sessions held on the Ottawa and on Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest.

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Midwest Invasive Plant Network Receives National Invasive Species Award

Posted July 11, 2014

The Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Education and Awareness on Invasive Species Partner Award from the United States Forest Service’s National Forest System Invasive Species Program. This national award recognizes a partner or cooperator with the Forest Service who has demonstrated outstanding cooperation and achievements related to environmental education and awareness of invasive species issues at the national, regional, or community level.

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New Steps to Protect Pollinators, Critical Contributors to Our Nation’s Economy

Posted July 9, 2014

President Obama issued a memorandum (PDF, 52 KB) directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

Read more in the news release (PDF, 50 KB) and see the related Pollinator Fact Sheet (PDF, 232 KB).

 

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