Ham Lake becomes a "Bee-Safe City"

Document Date: 
Monday, May 22, 2017

PROCLAMATION

CITY OF HAM LAKE

 

Proclaiming Ham Lake as a “Bee-Safe City”

 

WHEREAS, bees and other pollinators are essential to the success of growing a large variety and quantity of our food, including many fruits, vegetables and nuts; and,

 

WHEREAS, bees and other pollinators are currently facing a grave situation because of habitat loss, pesticides, pathogens and parasites; and

 

WHEREAS, pesticides, especially systemic pesticides, cannot be avoided by pollinators or bees and pesticides have contributed to the decline of pollinators; and

 

WHEREAS, public and private property may easily provide pollinator and bee-friendly habitat; and

 

WHEREAS, pollinator and bee-friendly habitat includes plants blooming in succession that offer abundant nectar and pollen; and

 

WHEREAS, pollinator and bee-friendly habitat includes both natives species and garden species of annual and perennial flowers, shrubs and trees; and

 

WHEREAS, it is essential that the Ham Lake community understand the vital role that bees and all pollinators play and what each of us can do to sustain them; and

 

NOW THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that the City of Ham Lake, Minnesota resolves to encourage City staff and residents to attempt to implement Bee-Safe City practices when practical, including:

 

  1. Designating pollinator and bee-friendly habitat property as “Bee-Safe Areas.”

  2. Planting pesticide-free plants.

  3. Refraining from using pesticides that harm bees and other pollinators.

  4. Assisting in providing the public information about the benefits and needs of bees and all pollinator, including other essential contributing role to our food supply.

 

Dated this 3rd day of April, 2017.

 

_______________________________________________                                                                                  Michael G. Van Kirk, Mayor