New coalition aims to plant 1 million pollinator gardens
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WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015-- Dozens of conservation and gardening organizations have joined together to form the National Pollinator Garden Network while issuing a challenge to the nation to plant 1 million additional pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.
As part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, the Network pledged to provide resources for individuals, community groups, government agencies and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitat through sustainable gardening practices and conservation efforts.
Collin O'Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said by joining together, communities, farmers and government agencies “can ensure that every American child has a chance to enjoy the beauty of creatures like bees, monarch butterflies, and hummingbirds.”Keep up with ag and rural policy and energy news as it happens. Sign up for a four-week free trial of Agri-Pulse.
“Bees are vital in seed and agriculture production, as well as general ecosystem health, and ensuring their wellbeing is a priority,” said Andrew LaVigne, CEO of the American Seed Trade Association.
The National Pollinator Garden Network collectively represents nearly one million active gardeners and 15,000 schoolyard gardens. To see a full list of the partner organizations in the National Pollinator Garden Network, click here.
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