ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a Pollinator Protection Plan that will try and grow pollination in the state.
Last year, Governor Cuomo 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 road map to grow pollinator populations across the state.
Despite a nine percent increase in honey production last year, the governor’s office says the state’s beekeepers continue to experience unsustainable population declines.
“Pollinators are critical to our ecosystem, as well as New York’s agricultural industry, and the work of this Task Force will help in our efforts to reverse the troubling decline of the bee population in New York and help to preserve and further improve this state’s environmental and economic health,” Governor Cuomo said.
According to the governor’s office, the protection plan will guide landowners/growers, contract beekeepers, hobbyist beekeepers, pesticide users and state agencies to safeguard existing managed and native pollinator populations.
Task Force focused its recommendations on four priority areas:
- Development of Voluntary Best Management Practices for all pollinator stakeholders, including beekeepers, growers, land owners, state agencies and the general public;
- Habitat enhancement efforts to protect and revive populations of native and managed pollinators;
- Research and monitoring of pollinators to better understand, prevent and recover from pollinator losses; and
- Development of an outreach and public education program on the importance of pollinators, engaging the public to be active participants to seek solutions to pollinator declines.