Support North Carolina’s Pollinators
Thousands of NC insect species keep ecosystems humming, and they need your help
Photo by reader Alyssa Rowe, a member of Haywood EMC
Many types of insects transfer pollen between flower parts, or between flowers, a requirement for many plants to produce seeds and fruits. At least 75 percent of all flowering plants on earth are pollinated by insects and animals, according to the National Park Service. But pollinators need our help! Habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use and a changing climate are putting pollinators at risk.
Electric co-op support
Conversations at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission about pollinator habitat decline led to the creation of the North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance in the fall of 2017. The NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance has since grown to include more than 30 organizations representing local, state and federal government agencies, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and other utility companies, non-governmental organizations, and private entities. Working together, the Alliance promotes the health and diversity of pollinators across the state through protection, management, restoration and creation of pollinator habitat.
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are a part of the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance’s energy committee, which shares ideas about creating pollinator habitat on solar farms and in utility rights-of-way.
A transmission line right-of-way near the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation’s Hamlet power plant is a part of the state’s “Butterfly Highway.”
How you can help
On your acreage
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the NC Pollinator Conservation Alliance have fostered partnerships with local governments, corporations and private landowners to enhance pollinator habitat on their lands. Visit ncpollinatoralliance.org or email for information on how you can improve pollinator habitat on your property.
Around your home or garden
Plant native species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create a “pollinator pitstop.” Visit bit.ly/nc-pollinator-plants for a list of recommended plants from the NC Wildlife Federation. You can also register your garden as an official part of the Butterfly Highway.
Sources: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Wildlife Federation
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