Recently in the pollinator world in Atlanta, we have two news stories to share with you.
The Major’s Office of Resilience Urban Agriculture Director Mario Cambardella and his team organized a total of seven community meetings with 60+ community members and other Institutions. These included the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Zoo Atlanta, Captain Planet Foundation, the Atlanta Community Foodbank, The Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, to discuss a plan to make Atlanta an affiliate for the Bee City USA.
Bee City USA is an initiative that started in Asheville, NC and became a national program in June 2013. Bee City ”encourages city leaders to celebrate and raise awareness of the contribution bees and other pollinators make to our world” it also helps municipalities to coordinate educational efforts by networking and sharing information with the community.
At each meeting, attendees were organized into subcommittees to discussed which points will be important to highlight on the document to present to City Council.
Benefits for the Bee Atlanta Resolution can be read at Action Items Bee City Atlanta and the action plan here Bee City Atlanta Resolution. You can also visit the Facebook page Bee City Atlanta for updates.
The next good news is the USDA-Forest Service site recently posted a short article about GAPP in their Celebrating Wildflowers news. Once you are there scroll down to the article title Atlanta Residents welcome pollinators to their urban gardens and click on the read more about GAPP, or you can click here GAPP in the news.