NYS Pollinator Protection Plan
"Wild pollinators and managed bees, typically honeybees and bumblebees kept by beekeepers, are critically important to the health of New York’s environment, as well as the strength of the state’s agricultural economy. New York has more than seven-million acres in agricultural production, and many of the state’s leading crops, such as apples, cabbage, berries, pumpkins and several other fruits, rely heavily on insect pollination. "
On June 24th, 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the recommendations of the New York State Pollinator Task Force in the "New York State Pollinator Protection Plan."
To address the decline in pollinators that has occurred in recent years, last year the Governor directed the Commissioners of the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation to meet with farmers, research institutions and key industry leaders to develop a roadmap to conserve and grow pollinator populations across the state. Pollinators – which include various types of bees and butterflies – contribute significantly to the state’s agricultural economy by adding roughly $350 million in pollination services on an annual basis.
At the same time the plan was announced, AdkAction.org decided to expand it's Monarch Project to include all pollinators, and the Adirondack Pollinator Project was born. Our project elements are based on the recommendations made by the highly-qualified pollinator task force to ensure that our efforts are fruitful. You can read the Pollinator Protection in it's entirety here.