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.
Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM
Great strides have been made in moving the Action Plan forward in Greenfield. Greening Greenfield has created two campaigns and hosted speakers. Many volunteers have planted public pollinator and rain gardens around Greenfield. These efforts are highlighted in the pollinator section of Greening Greenfield’s website and in their on-line resource “Park by Park, Yard by Yard: Building a Pollinator Corridor in Greenfield.”