Federal Pollinator Strategy
In May 2015, the White House released a National Strategy to Protect Pollinators and Their Habitat. The national pollinator strategy has three overarching goals:
- Honey Bees: Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter (overwintering mortality) to no more than 15% within 10 years.
- Monarch Butterflies: Increase the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies occupying an area of approximately 15 acres (6 hectares) in the overwintering grounds in Mexico, through domestic/international actions and public-private partnerships, by 2020.
- Pollinator Habitat Acreage: Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years through federal actions and public/private partnerships.
In addition to articulating these high level goals, and strategies to achieve them, the strategy includes a research plan that identifies mechanisms to fill knowledge gaps and a joint U.S. Department of Agriculture/Department of the Interior document that presents best management practices (BMPs) for pollinator conservation and management on thousands of properties and millions of acres of federally managed lands. Preceding these documents, in 2014, the White House Council on Environmental Policy released guidelines for enhancing the designed landscaping of federal facilities.
These four documents can be downloaded from the links below.
- National Strategy to Protect Pollinators and Their Habitat (to read the appendices, click here)
- National Pollinator Research Action Plan
- Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands
- Supporting the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators (addendum to Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes)