RATIONALE / PURPOSE FOR RESOLUTION:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
The Alberta Beekeepers Commission request Agriculture and Irrigation work with Transportation and Economic Corridors to develop a strategy for pollinators accessing Alberta’s public spaces and roadways which considers the needs of honey bees, beekeepers and native pollinators.
RESOLUTION BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Increasing the range and diversity of available forage throughout the season is critical to ensuring healthy honey bees and other pollinators. Climate change, pesticides, pests and changing field crop varieties are all challenges to the longterm health of honey bees and other pollinators. Alberta has 165,000 kilometres of unpaved and 62,000 km of paved roads which can, with best management practices that keep honey bees, beekeepers and other pollinators in mind, can help to support the nutritional needs of this important resource.
One Health: One Health is an approach calling for “the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment”, as defined by the One Health Initiative Task Force
The Commission has reached out to Alberta Transportation and Economic Corridors (ATEC), Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation (AAI)– ATEC indicated that mowing and spraying are important activities to keep roadways safe. Has not responded to date. The Commission presented to the Agriculture Service Boards Committee who had some recommendations to increase awareness among that group as well as Agriculture Fieldmen. In addition, the Commission is working with some of the applied research associations within Applied Research and Extension Council Alberta (ARECA) to do some tests on planting pollinator corridor strips.