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Increase pollinator habitat on County and private lands to 75 acres by 2025

57.74 

FY19 Actual


FY18 Actual
57.63

Objective Description

By 2025, Howard County will increase pollinator habitat on County and private land to 75 acres. The County will accomplish this through the Bee City USA program; converting County owned land to pollinator habitat and through adoption of no mow areas. The County will also work with local environmental groups to facilitate the creation of pollinator habitat on private property.

Trend Analysis

By 2019 Howard County had created 55 acres of pollinator friendly habitat. It is estimated that 5 acres will be created in 2020. The 2020 anticipated increase can be attributed to the Bee City USA program which commits to creating and enhancing pollinator habitat in Howard County. The increase would also account for habitat that has been created on private property that is not accounted for in the baseline. The County anticipates a bigger increase in 2021 after the Bee City program has been established and there has been time to engage large land owners and plan projects.

Strategies

  • Capitalize on mowed areas that can be converted to pollinator habitat. This will also decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Expand community educational resources and workshops for creating pollinator habitat.
  • Obtain grant funds whenever possible to offset costs and create incentives for private landowners.
  • Conduct full scale inventory of County owned land to identify priority areas
  • Create and implement a program to educate developers about maximizing pollinator habitat when designing new communities.

Source: Office of Community Sustainability

Detailed Analysis


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