Town of Apex Becomes a Certified Bee City USA Affiliate

Government and Politics

September 16, 2020

From: Town of Apex

Town of Apex Becomes a Certified Bee City USA Affiliate

- Apex joins only 19 other NC municipalities with Bee City USA status

- Town's Bee City Committee will lead the efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation

Apex Town Council unanimously voted to become a Bee City USA(r), joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council's action is the culmination of months of effort by Apex Bee City Committee and Town staff to accomplish this certification.

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA's mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world's flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

Apex Mayor Jacques K. Gilbert said, "Our Town Council let it be known that we understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want to make Apex more pollinator friendly. We are grateful for our citizens, Town Staff and the Bee City Committee bringing the opportunity to our attention."

"The program aspires to make people more PC-pollinator conscious, that is," said Scott Hoffman Black, Xerces' executive director. "If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for many, many species of pollinators."

"How each city completes the steps to conserve pollinators is up to them," said Bee City USA Coordinator Molly Martin. "To maintain their certification, each affiliate is expected to report on their achievements and celebrate being a Bee City USA affiliate every year."

Each affiliate should hold public awareness activities; publicly acknowledge the commitment to the program through a standing committee, signage and web links; and prepare an annual report on habitat enhancement activities.

The Town of Apex has designated the Apex Bee City Committee the facilitating committee for Town's efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation. The Apex Bee City Committee meets every other month at the Halle Cultural Arts Center and invites all residents of Apex to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.