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Restoring functioning landscapes doesn't end with invasive plant control. Providing ample food and habitat sources for pollinators is imperative to a healthy environment. Native and non-native pollinators are of critical economic importance. Even urban environments often become havens for pollinators when managed properly. The Cowlitz County Noxious Weed Program has several resources for landowners wishing to get more involved in establishing a better environment for pollinators.


Pollinator-friendly Seed Packets Available

Different flower mixes are a simple way to attract pollinators. Natives are a bonus, but not neccesary. We now have a seed mix with a combination of early, mid and late season blooms that produce pollen and nectar for a wide range of pollinator species. This year we will have these seed packets available at the Cowlitz County Earth Day event (April 18th at the Expo Center), the Cowlitz County Fair (July 23 -26 ) and Castle Rock Fair (July 16 - 18).


Honeybee Diseases & Pests

Honeybee diseases and pests range from microbial diseases (bacterial, fungal, protozoan, viral) and parasitic mites to insects and vertebrates. Environmental stresses and poor nutrition can exacerbate these issues. This is why it is important for landowners to be aware of one of our most important pollinators. With raised awareness comes transitions to more pollinator-conscious practices with pest control and initiative to provide diverse and  nutritious food sources for pollinators.                  


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Information on Pollinators

10 Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides 

Washington State Beekeepers Associaton

Bees and Noxious Weed Control: finding common ground

The Xerces Society For Invertebrate Conservation

Bumble Bees of the Western United States

Monarch Joint Venture

NRCS Plant List for Pollinators

Native Bees

How-to: Wood mason bee blocks




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