Here’s some news that shouldn’t sting too much: Carrboro is a “Bee City USA” town.
The Board of Aldermen recently proclaimed Carrboro the third Bee City USA community in the United States. In doing so, the town re-affirmed its commitment to environmental protection by actively encouraging residents and businesses to support bee habitats by planting and protecting pollinator plants.
Ideally bee-friendly habitats provide diverse and abundant nectar and pollen from plants blooming in succession. Carrboro’s long-existing policy of controlling pests without artificial chemicals fits right in with being pro-pollination.
Towns that participate in the “Bee City USA” program are asked to designate public spaces as pollinator gardens with signs to educate the public. Sometimes this will mean leaving dead wood and fallen trees undisturbed to allow natural spaces for native pollinators to nest.
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The Buncombe County Chapter of the N.C. State Beekeepers Association established Bee City USA as a program of the Center for Honeybee Research, a nonprofit organization based in Asheville. In addition to Asheville, Talent, Ore., and now Carrboro are official members.
In supporting the program, the Board of Aldermen agreed to observe National Pollinator Week during the third week of June each year.
Town Hall was buzzing with puns throughout the presentation of the proclamation.
“I hope this isn’t a sting operation,” quipped Alderman Jacquie Gist.
Her colleague, Randee Haven-O’Donnell was extra enthusiastic about the program. “Carrboro is already a Bee City,” she said. “To bee or not to bee.”
Forced to maintain order among the groans, Mayor Lydia Lavelle called the question, took the vote, thanked the presenters and (with a wink) excused them from the podium.
“Thanks,” she said. “You all can buzz off now.”