The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will host a Franklin County Pollinator Planning workshop on Thursday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss strategies and opportunities for expanding pollinator habitat across the county and reflect on lessons learned from the work FRCOG has been doing with 8 partnering towns: Greenfield, Heath, Shelburne, Conway, Bernardston, Montague, Wendell, and Orange. The Franklin County workshop will also be an opportunity for anyone who missed the town workshops to join the pollinator habitat discussion. Pre-register for the zoom meeting via the registration link.
With funding from an Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Planning Grant, FRCOG is working to map local pollinator habitat and resource areas and identify corridor linkages, recommend updates to local land-use regulations to include requirements for native plantings for development and pollinator-friendly landscape management practices, and create a Pollinator Habitat Corridor Implementation Toolkit. The plan will be expandable so that with additional funding and interest from other Franklin County towns, regional pollinator corridors can be expanded across the county. Local-level strategies such as these are critically needed to respond to climate change, habitat loss, and declining populations of wild, native pollinator species. The sustainability of our local ecosystems, farms, and food systems is linked to pollinators.
For additional information please contact Helena Farrell at HFarrell@frcog.org.