WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan issued a proclamation marking National Pollinator Week. This 12 months’s proclamation highlights EPA’s dedication to defending federally listed endangered and threatened (listed) pollinators from results of pesticides by kicking off two new pilot initiatives. As outlined in EPA’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) Workplan, these pilot initiatives embrace enter and collaboration between EPA, federal companions, and different stakeholders to develop protections for a subset of endangered species from particular pesticides. EPA additionally continues to advance pollinator outreach efforts by means of a brand new webpage that gives sources to study pollinator safety actions.
“Pollinators play an important position in sustaining wholesome communities, and EPA’s efforts to shield the greater than 200,000 species of pollinators is extra necessary than ever,” stated EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “This 12 months, I’m excited to ramp up collaboration by means of two new pilot initiatives with stakeholders and our federal companions together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as we work to develop sensible protections for susceptible pollinators and their habitats.”
Endangered Species Act pilot initiatives to shield susceptible species
Through the federal mitigation pilot challenge, EPA and different federal businesses are growing approaches for figuring out and implementing earlier mitigation measures for a dozen species which might be notably susceptible to pesticides, together with pollinators just like the rusty patched bumblebee and Mitchell’s satyr butterfly. The challenge will assist determine measures that cut back impacts to the survival of listed species and to their crucial habitats. In flip this may present federal businesses and stakeholders with a typical understanding of how to cut back threat to listed species from pesticides utilizing sensible, efficient mitigations.
The second pilot, EPA’s susceptible species pilot, is an effort to determine and implement mitigations throughout broad teams of pesticides (e.g., herbicides, pesticides) to shield a specific species. For instance, EPA would possibly implement restrictions to shield the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly from all pesticides used inside or close to the species vary. This effort is meant to make sure that EPA begins to undertake significant protections for species possible to be affected by pesticide use, even earlier than session with the Services is full.
To improve entry to pollinator safety sources, EPA launched a webpage that gives data on finest pest administration practices, state managed pollinator safety plans, and mitigations, from EPA, federal companions, and scientific journals that provide classes on defending pollinators and their habitat. These sources will assist empower farmers and others curious about pollinator safety to study and tackle the challenges dealing with pollinators.
Pollinator safety is a collective endeavor. In addition to its federal companions, EPA continues to collaborate with organizations like Pollinator Partnership to promote pollinator well being by means of schooling and extra. EPA additionally encourages communities throughout the U.S. to take steps to help pollinators and their habitat. From federal businesses to nongovernmental organizations to people, everybody can do their half to help pollinator well being and habitat. EPA’s web site has a number of sources accessible to academics, dad and mom and caretakers, and college students to help pollinator week schooling.
Learn extra immediately about EPA’s pollinator safety efforts and how one can assist pollinators.