from ESA Science Policy News: July 1, 2014
Federal Pollinator Initiatives Highlighted at Capitol Hill Event
On Friday, June 20, representatives of ESA attended the National Pollinator Week Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C) briefing and reception on Capitol Hill. This event was hosted by CP2C and the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Speakers included representatives from the offices of Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL); Anne Kinsinger, Associate Director for Ecological Systems, U.S. Geological Survey; and Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership. Additionally, representatives from a number of federal agencies involved in pollinator protection programs and initiatives were available to answer questions. The speakers discussed ongoing efforts to protect native pollinators and provide refuge for critical habitats as federal agencies continue to confront challenging management questions and population models.
The event coincided with National Pollinator Week, a celebration and educational initiative established and managed by the Pollinator Partnership and designated by the USDA. Governors from 45 states issued proclamations, recognizing Pollinator Week in his/her respective states. The highlight of the week’s events came with the release of President Obama’s Memorandum regarding Pollinator Protection that created a federal Pollinator Task Force (see story below).