St. Paul City Council just passed a Pollinator Friendly Resolution!

Following Minneapolis’s own resolution last August, St. Paul has also committed to becoming more pollinator friendly.

WHEREAS, pollinating insects, such as bees, are integral to a healthy ecosystem and to a wide diversity of essential foods, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables; and, WHEREAS, such pollinators, including native bees and other insects in particular, are threatened by the loss of natural flowering habitat, pesticide use, pathogens and parasites…

The city council has directed all city departments to cease using neonictinoids (with exceptions for golf courses and premier athletic fields), include more native perennials in plantings, and advocate for its citizens to do the same. The full text of the resolution can be found here.