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Ohio developing plan to protect pollinators

| September 12, 2016

COSHOCTON – The Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is working with its partner organizations to secure input from farmers, beekeepers, gardeners, food consumers, food retailers, pesticide applicators, pesticide companies, mosquito control districts, public and private land managers, and others interested in developing a plan to improve the health of Ohio pollinators.

The process will consist of five stakeholder meetings presented across the state. The meetings will be facilitated discussions focusing on the threats to Ohio pollinators, the strengths we have in the state to impact the threats, and the actions we can take to help pollinators. The Ohio Pollinator Protection Plan (OP3) will serve as a communication tool and guide for action to improve the health and survival of pollinators across Ohio. Community input is vital to the success of this plan. You can join the conversation through interactive, facilitated discussion at one of the five meetings, or share your input through an on-line survey.

Stakeholder meetings will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Frontier Power Community Room, located at 770 South Second St.

Seating is limited at each site. For stakeholder groups, please consider sending one representative for your organization or company. RSVP to attend: http://go.osu.edu/OP3rsvp

As seating is limited at each meeting site, an online survey is also available, so we secure as much stakeholder input as possible. You can complete the online survey at http://go.osu.edu/OP3input.

It is important for all stakeholders to be heard, and for all Ohioans to work together to improve the health of pollinators.  Ohio agriculture, our park lands, our backyard gardens, one third of our food supply relies upon Ohio honey bees and native pollinators.

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