Clackamas County affirms importance of pollinators
The Board of County Commissioners recently adopted a resolution affirming Clackamas County's support of pollinators' key role in the health of forests and grasslands, and the ecosystem as a whole.
The resolution recognizes the importance of bees and other insects, birds and bats that transfer pollen, fertilizing flowers that subsequently produce nuts, fruits and vegetables.
The agricultural industry in Clackamas County — together with the nurseries, greenhouses and food production industries — generates a localized gross annual product of more than $277 million.
"Without these creatures, we would have a potential collapse of a foodshed here in Clackamas County," said Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, who championed the resolution and also holds a master's degree in entomology.
"They pollinate major crops in our county, including blueberries, clover seeds, vegetable seeds, pears, cherries and more," she said. "Without these native populations, we would have difficulty growing our food."
The resolution outlines various steps the county will take in support of pollinators, including placing or promoting pollinator gardens, mason bee boxes, and other best practices to help pollinators survive, flourish and thrive.
The full resolution text can be found at bit.ly/ClackCoPollinatorResolution.
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