Grounds Management for Protecting Pollinators: A workshop for groundskeepers, landscape managers, and policy makers

Tuesday, February 23, 9 am-3:30 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Workshop, including lunch and parking fee, is $20. Pre-registration required: http://tinyurl.com/washtenawpollinators

This workshop is for people who maintain public parks, schools, municipalities, hospitals, golf courses, universities, etc., their supervisors and elected officials who create policies and provide operational guidance. Participants will increase their knowledge and skills needed to protect and encourage pollinators, particularly bees, as part of their daily, weekly and seasonal practices.

Co-sponsored by: Washtenaw County Food Policy Council, Growing Hope, Michigan Pollinator Initiative, Michigan State University Department of Entomology, MSU Extension and U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

Bee City USA

The Bee City USA program endorses a set of standards, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Cities, towns and communities across America are invited to adopt these standards and become a Bee City USA affiliate.

Both the City and Township of Ypsilanti are officially Bee Cities as of June/July 2015!  Each municipality has also voted/issued sustainability committees to ensure that pollinator protection initiatives are being practiced.

Bee Safe Neighborhood Campaign

The campaign originated in Boulder, CO through the work of David Wheler and David Braden of Living Systems Institute.

The goal is to have leaders from as many neighborhoods as possible solicit pledges from their neighbors to stop using systemic poisons.  The minimum number of households required for a bee safe neighborhood designation is 75 in a contiguous block.  If a neighbor on a particular street does not wish to participate, the boundary lines of the contiguous block will be configured to exclude that household.  In other words, every neighbor on every street does not need to participate in order to have a contiguous block.

As of August 5, 2015, the Normal Park Neighborhood of Ypsilanti is the first Bee Safe Neighborhood in the State of Michigan!

Issues and Goals

The Pollinators Policy Action Team convenes to recommend and support that institutions within the county take measures to preserve our essential pollinator populations.  We are reaching out to the largest land stakeholders in the county: Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, public schools in Washtenaw County, and Washtenaw County municipalities to support, pledge, and implement organizational policies to protect pollinators by using best landscape management practices, as well as increasing pollinator habitat areas.


Meeting times and locations are posted here.

DATE:  Friday March 11, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

ADDRESS:  Cafe Ollie, 42 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

On AAATA Bus Line 10, Wheelchair Accessible

Meeting Minutes

2015:  January 2015February 2015March 2015, April 2015, May 2015June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, n/a Oct-Nov, December 2015

2016:  January 2016, February 2015