Bee City USA® has renewed Greenwood,South Carolina’s certification for 2019 following a rigorous renewal application process.

This completed the efforts of Bee City Greenwood to accomplish this recertification, the facilitating committee for Greenwood’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the largest pollinator protection organization in the world. The Bee City USA certification program galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like wild bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, wasps, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world’s wild flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

Mayor Brandon Smith said, “Our City Council understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we voted to become a Bee City USA affiliate in 2017. We commend Bee City Greenwood for the impressive gains we made last year.”

According to Ann Barklow, chair of Bee City Greenwood, “We could not have accomplished this recertification without the assistance of our local beekeeper’s association, area educators, and of course, the City of Greenwood. They helped by providing opportunities for education, volunteers, and have assisted in gaining great exposure for our efforts to bring awareness of the importance of pollinators to our environment.”

A new year brings new opportunities for raising awareness of the vital role pollinators play in supporting our food systems and the planet generally. The Bee City Greenwood committee meets quarterly at the Greenwood County Library and invites all residents of Greenwood to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.

To see Greenwood’s annual report as well as other Bee City USA affiliates’ annual reports visit https://www.beecityusa.org/annual-reports-city.html.

For more information about the [City/County] Bee City USA program, contact Ann Barklow at annbarklow@embarqmail.com

Submitted by K. McWhorter

Submitted by Kelly McWhorter