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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Thompson's Station becomes Bee City USA affiliate

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Thompson's Station is now a Bee City USA affiliate.

'After unanimous approval from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the town is joining several other cities and campuses across the United States in committing to making their communities into healthier habitats for pollinators.

Pollinators include animals such as bumble bees, honey bees, moths, beetles, butterflies, flies and hummingbirds among many others. These animals carry pollen on their bodies from plant to plant, allowing the transfer of essential genetic material to facilitate flowering plant reproduction.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pollinators are responsible for assisting in the reproduction of more than 80% of the earth's flowering plants. More than 150 U.S. food crops depend on pollinators, and the USDA estimates that pollination-dependent crops are worth more than $10 billion per year.

Bee City USA is a nonprofit initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation based in Portland, Oregon.

"The program aspires to make people more PC - pollinator-conscious, that is," Xerces executive director Scott Hoffman Black said in a news release. "If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for many, many species of pollinators."...

..."Our Board let it be known that we understand the importance of sustaining pollinators and want to make the Town more pollinator friendly. We are grateful to the Parks Board for bringing the opportunity to our attention," Thompson's Station mayor Corey Napier said.'  --per Anika Exum with the Nashville Tennessean

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