Protecting Pollinators

Bee on flower © Alyssa Mattei
© Alyssa Mattei

An Act to Protect Pollinator Habitat

S.497 • H.818

Sponsored by Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester) and Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester)

A rapid decline in pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies, and bats is threatening biodiversity both globally and here at home. The thousands of plant-pollinator interactions that sustain our food supply and natural environment are under threat by multiple, interacting factors including habitat loss, pesticide use, invasive species, disease, and climate change.

An Act to Protect Pollinators establishes a commission to investigate methods and solutions to protect and promote pollinators’ health. The bill would require the commission to include individuals with expertise in the protection of pollinators, wildlife protection and expertise in native plants.

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