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July 22, 2020, 11:31 am

City of Revelstoke Becomes the 41st Bee City in Canada

City of Revelstoke
REVELSTOKE - The City of Revelstoke has been designated the 41st Bee City in Canada by Bee City Canada. This would not have been possible without the collaboration of our local non-profits and societies, such as Community Connections, Local Food Initiative Society, Columbia Mountain Institute, North Columbia Environmental Society, and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society. Together with the local societies, the City of Revelstoke strives to protect our natural spaces and educate both residents and visitors on how they can protect and enhance our important pollinators.

Becoming a Bee City allows the City and the community to formalize the commitment to the environment and celebrate collective efforts.

“The Revelstoke application was outstanding on all counts and we are thrilled to welcome Revelstoke into the family of Bee Cities across Canada,” said Shelly Candel, Director – Bee City Canada. “The movement is growing, and Canadians everywhere are alarmed by the pollinator decline and are deciding to take action. We thank the City Councillors and Mayor Sulz for committing to this important initiative.”

The Bee City designation is a long-term commitment to protect pollinators and is awarded to cities, towns, townships, municipalities, schools, campuses, businesses, and organizations that publicly declare to protect pollinators and their habitat through coordinated and collaborative actions that align with the Bee City program.

“It has become very clear in recent years how critically important pollinators are to our food system, and that human actions can have dramatic effects on the variety of species that perform pollination services. I was surprised to learn that there are over 250 species of wild bees in the Revelstoke area, with many more species still unidentified,” said Melissa Hemphill, Food Security Coordinator. “The pandemic has shone the spotlight on our food system and its fragilities, with pollinator health and diversity as one of the many factors that local food production depends on. By working together, the groups involved in this initiative can step into action to protect pollinators and enhance their habitat throughout our community.”

The Bee City pollinator team will be convened to support collaboration and establish a healthy pollinator habitat within the municipality. The Bee City pollinator team will raise awareness of pollinator diversity and the benefits of using native plants in habitat restoration.

For Further Information Contact:

Mayor Gary Sulz, 250-837-2911
Dawn Low, Chief Administrative Officer, 250-837-2911

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