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February 2019


Survey: Communities Should Support Pollinators

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By Deborah L. Vence

Americans are in agreement that there should be designated areas for plants to support the health and growth of pollinators, such as honey bees and butterflies.

Results of a recent survey showed that only about 34 percent of Americans are confident that they know what to do to help the conservation of pollinators. The survey was conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation with the goal of learning more about the perceptions and educational needs in regard to pollinator conservation. (Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is an organization that funds nonprofit entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments and multi-year capital gifts.)

Many local park and recreation agencies offer information or staff who can talk about the importance of conserving pollinators and help educate community members on which actions they can take.

According to the survey, at least nine in 10 Americans concur that communities should make special efforts to create selected areas in which plants support the health and growth of pollinators.

Yet, the majority of Americans (66 percent) are not completely or very confident in knowing what to do to help pollinators. Parents (43 percent) and millennials (46 percent) are more likely to feel confident than Americans overall, but still more than half are not as confident in the actions they can take to help conservation of pollinators.

“Americans understand supporting pollinators is important,” said Barbara Tulipane, CAE, NRPA president and CEO. “Park and recreation agencies recognize the importance of creating designated areas such as pollinator gardens. Agencies and conservation staff can provide communities with the information they need to support pollinators locally.”

“We are committed to helping Americans connect with and protect the pollinator habitats in their own local parks and backyards,” said Carol Nowlin, Scotts Miracle-Gro manager for Corporate Social Responsibility. “That’s why we are partnering with NRPA to grow people’s understanding of these vital creatures and their confidence in how to protect them.”