Populations of bees and other pollinators are declining around the world including in the St. Croix Valley. More than 75% of our flowering plants and nearly 75% or our crops depend on bees, butterflies, birds, bats, beetles, and other pollinators, making these animals critical to our economy, food security, and environmental health.
The National Park Service has created a webpage where you can learn more about pollinators and how important they are on Earth. You can also download a paper about pollinators.
What is the Riverway doing?
- Over 350 acres of Riverway habitat has been identified that needs restoration to help pollinators. Many of these locations have already undergone measures to improve pollinator habitat including prescribed burning and the removal of non-native invasive plants.
- The St. Croix Valley Northwest Sands Collaborative, a framework to facilitate conservation at a large landscape scale, includes as members: the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (National Park Service), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This partnership organization has adopted a pollinator species resolution.