Howard County Becomes a Bee City
On September 6, 2019, County Executive Calvin Ball announced Howard County’s participation in Bee City and launched a new pesticide initiative. Howard County’s Bee City-USA mission is to galvanize our communities to sustain pollinators, vital to our ecosystems and the future of our planet, by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides.
We join a select group of jurisdictions across the nation as leaders in the work to preserve our environment, protect our food, and combat climate change.
As a Bee City, we will:
- Host educational events, pollinator habitat plantings, and restorations to showcase Howard County’s commitment to raising awareness of pollinator conservation and expanding pollinator health
- Develop a program to create or expand pollinator-friendly habitat on public and private land
- Create an integrated pest management (IPM) plan designed to prevent pest problems, reduce pesticide use, and expand the use of non-chemical pest management methods
- And we will establish a policy in the County’s General Plan to commit to the Bee City USA designation, as well as renewing our certification every year.
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