Making a Difference
Since late 2019, the Bee Club has been working with the Lexington Bee Company to make Lexington an official Bee City. Bee City USA mandates a town to endorse a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, to create a sustainable habitat for pollinators. Below are the tenets of this resolution.
November 2020 Update: Although the COVID-19 pandemic had postponed the Bee Club's presentation to the Town's Select Board for the passing of this legislation, we were able to present during the October 19, 2020 meeting!
The initiative was approved 4 to 0 with one abstention regarding a bee allergy.
Lexington is now the first Bee City in MA, and second in New England!
THE SEVEN ASPECTS OF A BEE CITY:
Host at least one annual educational or restoration event to showcase Lexington’s commitment to raising awareness of pollinator conservation, health, and habitat.
PUBLICITY AND INFORMATION
Install and maintain at least one authorized BEE CITY USA street sign in a prominent location
Develop and implement a program to create or expand pollinator-friendly habitat on public and private land
POLLINATOR- FRIENDLY PEST MANAGEMENT
Create and adopt an integrated pest management (IPM) plan designed to prevent pest problems, reduce pesticide use, and expand the use of non-chemical pest management methods
Establish, through the Lexington Open Space and Recreation Plan, a policy to acknowledge and commit to the Bee City USA designation.
Lexington will continue to sponsor this plan and create an annual report, renewed each February.
Review the Principles and Policies for Management of Lexington Conservation Land, the Open Space and Recreation Plan and other relevant documents to: consider improvements to pest management policies and practices as they relate to pollinator conservation, identify appropriate locations for pollinator-friendly plantings, and consider other appropriate measures.