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Native pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, bats and hummingbirds.  Pollinators are vital to plant reproduction and plant diversity and pollinators support many benefits that humans receive from healthy ecosystems –most notably, food system security and climate resilient landscapes.  Pollinators are threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, pesticides, disease and parasites.

The Regional Pollinator Action Plan for Franklin County, Regional Pollinator Habitat Corridor Implementation Toolkit and local Pollinator Action Plans are the first of their kind in Massachusetts.

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The project included developing a map of pollinator habitats and potential connections; recommending ways that communities can amend land use regulations to better support pollinator habitats through native plantings and pollinator-friendly landscape management practices, and creating a Pollinator Habitat Corridor Implementation Toolkit.

The plan is expandable – 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 more information, contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee at [email protected] or 413 774-3167 x 130.

View Pollinator Plan Materials
Map Showing The Franklin County Communities Participating In The Regional Pollinator Plan Project (Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, Orange, Wendell, Shelburne, Shutesbury).

Staff

Audrey Boraski headshot.

Audrey Boraski

Land Use and Transportation Planner
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Tamsin Flanders headshot.

Tamsin Flanders

Land Use and Natural Resources Planner
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Allison Gage headshot.

Allison Gage

Sr. Land Use and Natural Resources Planner
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Kimberly MacPhee headshot.

Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM

Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager
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Peggy Sloan headshot.

Peggy Sloan

Director of Planning & Development
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