Pollinator conservation and management have become major concerns for state, federal, and private land managers throughout the United States. Pollinators are a critical component of nearly every ecosystem and contribute significantly to an area’s biodiversity. They provide fundamental ecological services, but are, in most cases, a relatively unknown and under appreciated group of taxa.
Loss of pollinators, also known as pollinator decline (of which colony collapse disorder in domestic honey bees is perhaps the most well known example) has been a point of major concern in recent years. Federal and state legislative efforts protecting bees and other pollinators are being implemented.
Numerous federal and state agencies and private organizations have become actively involved in pollinator conservation. Although pollinator conservation has not traditionally been considered a major aspect of installation natural resource management programs, DoD’s recent focus on ecosystem management and ecosystem services has provided opportunities to increase management emphasis on many non-game species, including pollinators. The high quality of existing habitat on many military lands provide excellent nectar resources and nesting sites for a large variety of pollinators.
The NMFWA Pollinators Working Group was formed after feedback from the Membership at the 2009 workshop.
The goals of the NMFWA Pollinators Working Group are to:
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