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What it means to Richmond to become a Bee City...

Promoting a healthy population of pollinators is paramount to the health of native plants and ecosystems in the urban landscape. The City of Richmond has long recognized the environmental and economic benefits of a healthy ecological network that provides opportunities for pollinators to thrive. Various Council-endorsed programs and initiatives such as Richmond’s Enhanced Pesticide Management Program and the City’s Ecological Network Management Strategy aim to reduce the threats that pesticides, urban development, and climate change pose to healthy pollinator populations. Becoming a Bee City proudly solidifies Richmond’s ongoing commitment to protect pollinator habitat and improve the quality lives for Richmond residents.

March 2022

Bee City Application

The City of Richmond has long recognized the environmental and economic benefits of a healthy ecological network, and Council has endorsed a variety of initiatives that protect and promote Richmond’s biodiversity including pollinators and pollinator habitat. The City has a number of policies and initiatives that contribute to the promotion and development of pollinator habitat and safety, including:

-Bees in the Bog – Bees in the Bog is a school program for children in kindergarten through grade 3 that explores the behaviour, lifecycle, and some of the products of bees and pollinators in the Richmond Nature Park bog habitat. In the program, students get the opportunity to observe the inside of an active bee hive.

-Richmond Butterflyway Project – A citizen-led movement coordinated by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Butterflyway Project is growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada with pollinator plantings in parks, community gardens, and homeowner’s yards. Groups of “Butterflyway Rangers” are required to plant and maintain at least a dozen pollinator patches in their neighbourhood, increasing pollinator forage and habitat in the urban landscape.

-Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit (REaDY) – The REaDY Summit is an annual youth-led, youth-oriented event that promotes sustainability and action through inspirational speakers, interactive workshops, exhibits, and mentorship opportunities. The youth involved are also connected with many community activities throughout the year including pollinator-friendly gardening, waste diversion, and other environmental stewardship programs.

March 2022
Bee City Richmond

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