Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an Executive Order Directing Steps to Reverse Pollinator Decline and Restore Pollinator Health in Minnesota. Central to the order is development of an interagency governmental Pollinator Protection Team that would develop recommendations and implementation plans. The team is instructed to report annually. In parallel, there will be a politically appointed Governor’s Committee on Pollinator Protection.
The Department of Natural Resources is instructed to “develop a strategy to maximize restoration, creation and management of habitat for pollinators on DNR-administered land.” The Board of Water and Soil Resources is also instructed to focus on high-quality pollinator habitat in their restoration and water-quality projects.
MNDOT and the Pollution Control Agency are instructed “to create, protect and enhance pollinator habitat” on highway rights of way and at closed landfills. The administration is instructed to use pollinator-friendly plants where practical.
The order also instructs the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to review neonics and other pesticides for their effects on pollinators, and to develop and support best practices to minimize harm to pollinators. State government property and buildings are to avoid neonics unless other products are unavailable.
Plants for bees and other pollinators by the University of Minnesota.
NewTerrain September 15, 2016.