Pollinators, such as honey bees, native bees, other insects and mammals, are vital to the production of fruit, vegetables, and other food in Michigan. Honey bee pollination adds more than $15 billion in value to U.S. crops. Worldwide, pollinators contribute to the production of about 90 crops. They play a key part of agriculture and food system sustainability and contribute to Michigan’s agricultural economy. Strong and healthy populations of pollinators improve both natural habitats and farm production by pollinating many crops, trees, and wild plants.
Numerous other states began to address the issues surrounding managed pollinators prior to the presidential memorandum, engaging stakeholders and developing Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3). Michigan has been working on development of its MP3 since February 2016, involving representatives from research, government, commodity, pollinator, general agriculture organizations and chemical companies.
The final draft of Michigan’s plan addresses wild and managed pollinator protection and stewardship, as well as the long-term health of Michigan pollinators. It is a living document with voluntary guidelines, which will consistently be updated to become more effective and efficient.
Michigan has also begun developing a statewide habitat plan for wild native pollinators, including the Monarch butterfly which is currently proposed for listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This plan, similar to those developed in other states, identifies strategies for setting aside publicly-owned land and incentivizing private land owners to create habitat beneficial to wild pollinators. Beyond the benefits to agriculture and environmental quality, this habitat plan also has a goal to prevent or mitigate requirements that might come along with endangered listings for Monarchs and other pollinators.
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Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan
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