Increasing Native Habitat for Pollinators
Throughout the regional parks system, expansive swaths of environmentally-degrading turf provide timely opportunities to create high-quality native pollinator gardens.
In 2019 Wilderness in the City applied for a grant through the LCCMR to create ten pollinator gardens within the regional parks system with willing park agencies as partners. The gardens were planned as community projects to help inspire and educate people on how to replicate the process in their own yards, eventually resulting in a mosaic of high quality pollinator gardens across the metro.
We were delighted to be recommended by the LCCMR for funding through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Unfortunately, this was caught up in legislation during the 2020 session and none of the recommended projects received their funding.
Despite this setback, we encourage all to contact their regional park agencies and ask that they strive to increase high-quality habitat to benefit bees, butterflies, birds, other wildlife, and people.