On October 23, 2018, the Beaumont City Council voted to become a Bee City. The Beaumont City Council has designated the Bee City Beaumont Committee as the committee responsible for facilitating Beaumont’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation.
Bee City USA is an initiative of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a national nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with regional offices in thirteen states. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitats, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of 90% of the world’s wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.
Bee City USA founder, Phyllis Stiles, said, “The program aspires to make people more pollinator conscious. If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk. How each city or county celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens”
A designated Bee City USA is expected to annually celebrate being a Bee City USA community with a proclamation and public awareness activities; publicly acknowledge commitment to the program through signage and web links; and annually report activities to Bee City USA to renew the certification.
For more information about the City of Beaumont’s Bee City USA program, visit www.beaumonttexas.gov.