The issue of pollinator health continues to be a hot topic in the media and the public. NPMA and PPMA have devoted vast resources to addressing this issue on a variety of fronts, particularly in the areas of public policy and public opinion. This year, as an extension of our commitment, we urge all NPMA members to take part in "Plant Your Own Pollinator Garden" NPMA National Community Day of Service on August 22, 2015 (National Honey Bee Day).
Consider taking part in this initiative by planting a pollinator garden in your community. To assist member companies in navigating the steps involved in this process, NPMA's consumer education arm, the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) has created a toolkit containing pollinator-friendly plant and flower suggestions, media relations outreach materials, social media posts and a logo for use on t-shirts.
Each interested company will need to secure the necessary permits for the gardens in their respective cities. While the community garden application process varies from city to city, members should begin by contacting their city halls or visiting their city's website and inquire about additional information. There will be webinar in the coming weeks to answer any questions about the process.
By providing foraging sites and bringing awareness to the need for collaboration among various parties on the issue of pollinator health, our industry can play a leadership role in protecting pollinators while ensuring the safety of the American public.