Bees and Trees
More than Just Bees
Though the Town of Boone is a designated Bee City USA, that doesn't mean we don't have other pollinators around. In fact, many of our insect residents help keep our flowers, trees, shrubs, and greenery happy and thriving. Butterflies, beetles, moths, wasps, ants, birds, and even bats are all pollinators.
Bee City USA
Boone has been a designated Bee City USA since 2019. In order to be a "Bee City", the Town of Boone committed to conserve native pollinators and to pass a yearly resolution which solidifies our stance on conservation. During the May 25th, 2022 Boone Town Council meeting, Council passed a resolution which declared that the Town of Boone would observe "National Pollinators Week", which falls on the third week of June. Check out the Town of Boone National Pollinators Week 2022 Resolution here.
How Did We Become a Bee City?
In 2019, Town staff committed to help protect our pollinators by becoming a Bee City USA affiliate. In order to become a Bee City, the following must be done:
- The Town must have a Bee City committee, with a designated bee representative from the Town
- The Sustainability Committee acts as the Bee City committee. For more information regarding the Sustainability Committee, click here.
- A Bee City Resolution must be passed by the Boone Town Council
- Please read our Bee City Resolution here.
If you've ever driven throughout Boone, you may have noticed the abundance of flowers we have planted. Especially in Downtown Boone, we try to keep Boone as a "pollinator paradise". From hanging baskets to flower gardens and even wildflower areas, Boone is always bright and colorful, and we know our pollinator friends love it.
On June 7th, 2022, students from the Upward Bound program came to the Jones House and planted 40 pollinator-friendly plants on the Jones House lawn. Learn what we planted on the Jones House Lawn Pollinator Planting Guide. In doing so, the Town of Boone helps foster an environment in which our insect friends feel at home. Keep your eye out for our "Pollinator Friendly" sign throughout the town to see our pollinator gardens.
Want to get involved in Bee City events? Contact Laney Pilkington, Communications, to learn more. Additionally, if you want to learn more about other sustainably-focused events the Town is hosting, contact Laney Pilkington, or fill out the Community Events Sign Up Form.