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  1. Emerging Issues in Conservation: Pollinators and Conservation Laurie Davies Adams Asian Pacific Islander Organization Conference 2009

  2. POLLINATION and CONSERVATIONAn Emerging Issue . . . A partnership between plants and animals . . . that has been in operation for 100 million years

  3. An emerging leader . . . • That has been a representing pollinator issues for over 13 years • The world’s largest organization devoted to the health of pollinators

  4. North American Pollinator Protection CampaignNAPPC

  5. Some NAPPC Partners The Xerces Society

  6. NAS NRC STUDYUSDA ARSUSGS

  7. US Postal Service Pollination Stamps

  8. What is pollination? Transfer of pollen from anther (male part) to stigma (female part) of a flowering plant.

  9. Kinds of pollination SelfWindWaterAnimal

  10. Pollination by Wind • Wheat • Corn • Rice • Oats • Barley

  11. Pollination by Animals lemon lettuce mustard muskmelon okra parsley parsnip pumpkins rutabaga squashes watermelons and more . . almonds broccoli peppers cashews cauliflower collards cucumbers eggplant gourds kale kholrabi

  12. Vertebrate Pollinators

  13. Vanilla and Bees

  14. Chocolate and Flies

  15. Palm Oil and Beetles

  16. Poor Pollination

  17. If We Lose the Pollinators, We Inherit their Work

  18. Why is this important?80% of food plant species worldwide depend on pollination by animals.Honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for up to $30 billion worth of products in the US annually, $250 billion worldwide.

  19. EVERY THIRD BITE

  20. Feeding the world’s human population Feeding and sheltering the world’s wildlife

  21. Worldwide pollinators are showing signs of decline

  22. 1987 – 5-10%2006 – 25% 2007 – 31% 2008 – 35% Colony Collapse Disorder US Annual Average Loss

  23. Causes: A combination of stresses • Invasive species • Loss of habitat • Pesticides and herbicides • Disease • Nutritional deficiencies

  24. Not Just Honey Bees Bumble Bees Bats Flies Butterflies Unknown

  25. NAPPC Strategy • All Species • Science-Based • All of North America • All Stakeholders • Government • NGO • Science and Academia • Private Industry • Agriculture

  26. Variety of Perspectives • Agriculture • Education • Conservation • Research • Policy

  27. Pollinator Protection is a Unique Issue That Unifies

  28. P2’s Strategic Decision to ‘Pollinate’ Existing Programs Instead of Advocating New Programs

  29. Protecting and Enhancing Funding for USDA Conservation Programs

  30. Farm Bill 2008 • First Time in History • Conservation and Research Titles • Native and Managed Pollinators • Urges Secretary to use ALL conservation programs for pollinators

  31. Creates New Constituencies Advocating for Funding • Native Pollinator Advocates • Honey Bee Industry • Grassroots “Pollinator Action Team” • Despite some mandatory funding – conservation has frequently been raided • Group Letters • Members of Congress

  32. All USDA Conservation Programs Can Be ‘Pollinated’ • Conservation Innovation Grants • Environmental Quality Incentives Program • Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program • Wetlands Reserve Program

  33. Grassland Reserve Program • Conservation of Private Grazing Land and Grazing Land Conservation Initiative • Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative • Grassroots Source Water Protection Program

  34. Emergency Landscape Protection Program • Natural Resources Inventory and Conservation Effects Assessment Project • Environmental Services Market • Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program • Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program • Conservation Stewardship Program • Conservation Reserve Program

  35. Each USDA Program has OTHER Primary Missions • Practices that benefit native and managed pollinators can be incorporated into program implementation • Without interfering with the primary objectives • Likely strengthening of the conservation value of each program

  36. Securing Funding for USDA Research for Native and Managed Pollinator Health and Conservation

  37. We are asking others to help with Pollinator Conservation

  38. Realizing the Potential of Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Provisions

  39. P2 is committed to being a resource and partner to NRCS • Ecoregional Guides • Montana CIG • National CIG

  40. Emerging Issues Affecting Pollinator Conservation • Bioenergy Production • Climate Change • Reduced CRP acreage, sodbuster

  41. Pollinator Policy Initiatives at State/Local Levels

  42. What Anyone Do as Pollinator Conservation Advocate • Pollinate programs • Take ideas and run with them • Ask for the tools you need • Experience pollinators in your habitat • Take advantage of National Pollinator Week

  43. National Pollinator Week June 21-27 2009 www.pollinator.org

  44. National Pollinator WeekJune 21-27, 2010 Proclamation by US Sec. of Agriculture And US Senate

  45. AGREEMENTS - MOU’s 1.5 Billion Acres

  46. IABIN PTN Pollinator DATApollinators.iabin.net

  47. NACD - NAPPC Farmer Rancher Award Sept. 18 DEADLINE

  48. www.pollinator.org