Hopkins is a Pollinator Safe City

beeIn commemoration of National Pollinator Week, the Hopkins City Council approved a resolution endorsing “Pollinator-Safe” policies and procedures for the City of Hopkins at its June 21 meeting.

Pollinators are critically important to our ecosystem and to the food we eat. Honeybees provide pollination for a third of the food we eat – most of our fruits, nuts and vegetables, including our community’s signature icon, the raspberry! Although raspberry flowers are self-pollinating, bee activity is still responsible for 90-95% of the pollination necessary for our beloved raspberry fruit.

Scientists agree Minnesota’s pollinators are in decline. Multiple, interacting factors are contributing to declining populations, including pesticides, habitat loss, disease and parasites.

Hopkins City Council and staff feel it’s important to take action to address these factors in our community, including:

  • Refraining from the purchase and use of systemic pesticides on City property to the extent practicable, with emphasis on avoiding use of pesticides from the neonicotinoid family  
  • Undertaking best efforts to purchase and plant vegetation favorable to bees and other pollinators in the City’s public spaces
  • Undertaking best efforts to purchase plants that have not been genetically engineered to have herbicides or pesticides in their DNA
  • Communicating with City residents the importance of creating and maintaining a pollinator-safe habitat
  • Maintaining a list of native and naturalized pollinator-safe plants for reference by the community

Learn more about Minnesota’s pollinators and how you can help them from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Contacts

  • Solid Waste Coordinator

    952-548-6351

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