To thrive, that is produce brood and honey, bees need continuous forage that is safe for them – what you have is knowledge of beekeeping practices in the places where you keep bees. What we intend to unlock are phrases, practices and outlines for actions that you can take to change the policies, which are a result of the politics, surrounding forage plants and colonies of honey bees. In this first article, we – beekeepers and policymakers – need to set as a priority the protection of pollinators from policies which seek to destroy important honey plants.
Currently, there is a movement – politicized – against non-native plants. In my part of the world, where I am a Selectman – part of the three person governing board of my Town in Southern New England – Salisbury, Connecticut – there is pressure on committees in the Town from well meaning residents. Governments, local, county, state and Federal, manage large tracts of land throughout the country. This is where citizens and residents have traction – political traction. Town Planning & Zoning Boards in Connecticut (Connecticut has no counties) have almost exclusive power to control the land use within their borders. This is the political world where individuals have impact. In this world of discussions, decisions and open meeting laws, this is where the world is run by those who show up. There is pressure for us, in my local government, to eradicate non-native plant materials, and if the plant is invasive and aggressive, the pressure increases. Our local beekeepers need to (a) know about these plans, and (b) challenge the plans that are seeking to destroy honey plants.–(2016) by Katherine Kiefer in Bee Culture magazine.
NewTerrain February 15, 2016.