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