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Oregon & California

Bees and other pollinators play an indispensable role in driving the reproduction of countless plant species and supporting the foundation of our food systems, but their populations are declining throughout the United States and around the world. Protecting, sustaining, and helping bee populations begins with an understanding of which species are present, their populations, and the plants they rely on for their existence. To that end, two projects are enhancing our knowledge base regarding bees and their often-complex interactions with plants and forest types.

Two Pollinator Projects

Research projects that are focusing on bee population and health are currently underway in lands adjacent to the Pacific coast. Their goals are to:

  • Document bee diversity and count numbers of individual species.
  • Determine various species’ overall health.
  • Evaluate complicated plant-pollinator relationships.
  • Identify the plan resources used by bees and the extent of their usage.
  • Learn how bees respond to and survive fires.

Species Focus

Multiple pollinators, including several species of bees, have been proposed or petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act or have been identified as species of greatest conservation need by various western states. The research involves multiple species, including the western bumblebee, Suckley’s bumblebee, and the obscure bumblebee.

Conservative Enhancement

This work adds to the body of knowledge related to floral interactions, conservation status, and potential risks to bees, which is invaluable to conservation partners, state and federal natural resource managers, and other decision makers as they develop approaches to bee conservation. It also will create opportunities for K-12 students, university students, faculty members, and others to engage with outdoor education.

Conservation Success Starts with Keeping Forests Intact

We all have a hand in ensuring conservation of wildlife. When we purchase wood and forest products, we support the sustainable cycle of growing, harvesting and replanting that keeps our forests as forests. Thousands of species call working forests home, and many species thrive in actively managed working forests.