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This is not me writing this writing this information of healthy habitats but it comes from the recent VNLA Newsletter.  But, I find this article very informative and I endorse everyone to read.  So my mission is to share this valuable information and spread the information.  I have taken the liberty to do some consolidation of this article for the purpose of giving you the highlights.
                In June of 2014, federal departments and agencies were tasked with taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore pollinator populations.  To accomplish this effort, the Pollinator Health Task Force was created. 
                As part of this effort, the EPA was directed to engage state agencies for pesticide regulation in the development of state pollinator protection plans as a means of mitigating the risk of pesticides to honey bees and other managed pollinators.  In Virginia, the state lead agency for pesticide regulation is VDACS.  VDACS has been engaged by EPA to develop a managed pollinator protection plan specific to Virginia.  The plan is a set of voluntary recommendations and best management practices intended to increase protection of managed pollinators from pesticides while allowing effective control of pests that adversely affect crops, public health, and domestic animals. 
                Virginia’s Plan is one component of the Virginia Pollinator Protection Strategy.  The Strategy, which was passed by the 2016 General Assembly, directs VDACS to develop and maintain strategies which: 1.  Promote the health of and mitigate the risks to all pollinator species and 2.  Ensure a robust agriculture economy and apiary industry for honey bees and other managed pollinators.  It is recognized that the decline of managed pollinators is not due to one factor alone rather a number of variables including, but not limited to parasites and other pests, pathogens, poor nutrition, failing queens, pesticide contamination, and narrowing genetic base of honey bees.
                VDACS plan is to utilize a variety of outreach methods to inform interested parties of the Plan.  Outreach methods include VDACS press releases, direct distribution to industry and beekeepers associations, and presentations at pesticide industry and beekeeper association meetings.  In addition, VDACS will collaborate with Virginia Cooperative Extension in an effort to include information regarding the Plan in certification and recertification courses for pesticide applicators and other meetings.
                Now, this IS me writing.  I am in full agreement that we need to do whatever we can to protect our pollinators.  Education seems to be the key to success in revitalizing our pollinator population in Virginia.  This article that I shared is a good start in getting gardeners to be more aware of what we all can do to create a healthy environment for all pollinators.
                                                                                                HAPPY GARDENING!!!
Posted: 9/19/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
mary d pierce
right there with you. The public needs to understand the consequences of over spraying, etc. Hope this program gets underway soon.
10/5/2017 9:58:32 AM

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