Walz declares Minnesota’s commitment to pollinators

ST. PAUL - Minnesota state agencies are fighting for pollinators.

An executive order by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directs state agencies to take measures to support pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Don Davis / Forum News Service

An executive order by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz directs state agencies to take measures to support pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Don Davis / Forum News Service

An executive order by Gov. Tim Walz affirmed the importance of pollinators for the state and directed agencies to support pollinator habitat and promote the careful use of pesticides.

“Some of our native bee and butterfly species are now in danger of extinction, and these declines suggest that other pollinators are also at risk,” according to the order signed April 5. “Because pollinators enable wild plants and many domestic crops to reproduce, they are essential to the health of our environment, economy and way of life.”

Here are some of the actions to be taken:

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will oversee the state’s portion of the Mid-America Monarch Butterfly Conservation Strategy, a regional effort to sustain butterfly populations.

  • Minnesota Department of Transportation will use land along state-owned roadways for pollinator habitat.

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture will provide resources to farmers to limit the use of pesticides and promote pollinator-friendly pest management practices.

“It’s not hard to imagine the impact that the loss of pollinators would have on our food supply,'' from fruits and vegetables to the clover eaten by cattle, said Chris Schad, owner of the Bee Shed in southeastern Minnesota. The beekeeping operation promotes pollinator habitat and provides education about the importance of bees.

Though Schad said outreach efforts seem to have heightened awareness of pollinator issues in Minnesota, he said it remains to be seen how serious the state is when it comes to funding measures to support pollinators.

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