ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to spend $500,000 to restore pollinator colonies in the state.
The "Pollinator Protection Plan " developed by a state task force includes restoring habitat and helping spread information among landowners, farmers, beekeepers, pesticide users and state agencies to reverse a steady decline in pollinator populations.
A task force report says managed colonies have declined more than 50 percent over the past four years while some migratory pollinators have declined more than 70 percent.
Also part of the plan is more research on threats from pesticides, pathogens and parasites. Pollinator gardens and interpretative signs at some state parks will contribute to an education campaign that will include a team of experts available to consult with beekeepers.