Woodland ramps up efforts to protect pollinators – Daily Democrat

Woodland has been a Bee City U.S.A affiliate since January 2020, which means that the city has made a commitment to conserve native pollinators in the area through efforts to increase the amount of drought-resistant plants, creating nest sites and reducing pesticide use.

Woodland’s Bee City and Pollinator Ecosystem Appreciation Day gathering was held Thursday at City Hall’s Edible Learning Garden with City Council staff, local organizations and individuals who have helped efforts to meet the standards of being a bee city in attendance.

“The reason that we had this event today is because, throughout the pandemic, we really ramped up our efforts to uphold our affiliation,” Stephanie Burgos, marketing and business relations specialist for the city of Woodland, said.

Burgos mentioned that these efforts can also be an educational opportunity for residents. She said the city wants to put signage near the plants so that people can know that they’re drought resistant and that 75% of them are native plants.

“It’s a slight way of nudging people and showing through this educational awareness that there are other options instead of just having a water-intensive lawn,” Burgos explained. “It’s kind of leading by example.”

Burgos also thanked multiple local organizations and individuals who contributed to Woodland’s efforts to uphold its affiliation as a bee city.

“A huge side effect of being a Bee City USA affiliate is increased collaboration at the local level and having the ability to work with really talented individuals in Woodland,” she said.

Kent Smith, for example, is a local artist who created artwork for the city to bring awareness to the fact that Woodland is a bee city.

“Anytime you can go through and contribute creative artwork that the general population could see and enjoy, it’s a win-win.”

One of the pieces he created for Woodland is the sunflower on Main Street that attracts attention to a sign that says Woodland is a bee city. Kent said he hopes his metal sunflower piece gets people to remember that Woodland is a bee city and for them to realize what that means for the community.

Angel Montoy, owner of Montoy’s Landscaping in Woodland, said it’s been an honor getting to help the city create more gardens and lawns for these plants that will help bring in more bees to Woodland.

“Bees are getting harder and harder to find,” Montoy explained. “Doing something to help bring these bees into town I think is a good thing, not just for Woodland, but for the whole of humanity.”

Montoy said that this is because pollinators are very important for farmers who need them to be able to grow their crops. Farmers would then suffer, and in turn, the entire community because of the loss of food.

Burgos said that Montoy’s Landscaping helped plant all the plants on Main Street and with the City Hall front yard. They also are responsible for building the Edible Learning Garden the event was held in.

“Every Saturday we see people enjoying their mornings out here,” Montoy said. “It’s a good feeling, knowing we’ve helped.”

Josh Zeldner, owner of local honey company Z Specialty Foods, said Woodland being a bee city is important because it shows the city is committed to protecting pollinator habitats.

“Pollinator health is directly related to our food supply,” Zeldner said. “We sell honey so we also want to make sure that bees are healthy. Without pollinators, the almonds don’t produce nuts and lots of different fruits and vegetables don’t produce.”

Emilia Zarate, sales manager at Z Specialty Foods, said she loves being a part of a community that cares about its farmers and local businesses.

“I think it’s amazing that our city cares so much about bees and pollination because it is so crucial in an agricultural environment,” Zarate said. “I’m so proud of Woodland stepping up and being a bee city.”

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