Join volunteers in your town
to expand pollinator habitat

Join the movement to adopt pollinator-friendly town resolutions!

Successful resolutions include: Great Barrington, Cummington, Plainfield, Williamstown, North Adams, Pelham, Lanesborough, Egremont, Hinsdale, Petersham, Bridgewater, Amherst, and Belchertown (article 20).

Towns with successful pollinator resolutions

Join the movement to adopt pollinator-friendly town resolutions!

Volunteers passed resolutions inGreat Barrington, Cummington, Plainfield, Williamstown, North Adams, Pelham, Lanesborough, Egremont, Hinsdale, Petersham, Bridgewater, Amherst, and Belchertown (article 20).

Steps To Becoming A Bee Friendly Town

Use our one-page guide to work toward adopting a resolution or ordinance, and then implementing best practices that support pollinator health.  Link to examples of town resolutions and background information.

 

Towns without resolutions have also implemented projects by offering education on what can be done to support pollinators. Use our Powerpoint slides to pass a resolution - LINK.

Great Barrington: 1st New England Bee-Friendly town

Great Barrington (GB) become the first town in New England to pass a Pollinator-Friendly Community Resolution in May of 2016.  Sponsored by the Agricultural Commission, in 2018, Great Barrington hired three students from the Conway School of Landscape Design to create a "Pollinator Action Plan." Anyone is invited to utilize the Plan's Toolkit, containing detailed planting diagrams, plant lists, and maintenance instructions to guide the creation of a successful pollinator habitat network for a wide range of site conditions and parcel sizes.  The Plan is a masterpiece, so check it out!   

To ensure the passage of a resolution, residents must reach out to townspeople (potential supporters and opponents), to educate them about reasons for the resolution, ask for suggestions and/or objections and discuss working together in support of pollinators locally. ​

Bee Friendly Cummington

Cummington Passed their resolution in May of 2017.  Since then there have been many educational talks, films, workshops, conversations and more planting!

Bee Friendly Lanesborough

Lanesborough passed their resolution in June of 2018.  We are waiting to hear from residents about any projects that are being planned.

North Adams City Council resolution

North Adams City Council passed their resolution on 2/27/18.  It had been initiated by one of the council members who happens to belong to a CSA in Williamstown.  Our members worked with the city on clarifying issues and provided inspiration to pass the resolution.  The resolution promotes best practices that "allow residences, businesses, farms, and towns to manage their land in ways that increase pollinator forage."

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