The City of East Lansing has been declared a Pollinator Friendly Community since August 2016. View East Lansing City Council's most recent resolution supporting this declaration.
The resolution acknowledges the importance of pollinators to local agriculture, ecosystems and economies; and recognizes the recent decline in pollinator populations due to increased use of pesticides, loss of habitat and loss of food supply. The resolution also acknowledges that the primary driver of pollinator health is the presence and availability of pollinator-friendly flowers and trees.
Planting for Pollinators
Native plants and wildflowers thrive in their natural environment and require less watering, maintenance and pesticides. They also provide habitat and food for many pollinators. Download the document below to learn about selecting plants for your yard that will benefit pollinators.
Pesticides pose hazards to pollinators and their habitats. They also negatively impact wildlife, including pollinators, aquatic life, and contaminate our water resources and soils. Download the document below to learn more about how pesticides impact pollinators and what you can do to reduce pesticide use in your yard.
How It All Ties Together - Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) is used to manage pests by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM strives to reduce chemical pesticide use while maintaining a safe and healthy yard. Download the document below to learn more about IPM and how it relates to pollinators, pests, and water management.
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What the City is Doing
The East Lansing Public Library collaborated with MSU and MSU Extension to host multiple webinars on pollinators, gardening and smart lawn care.
The City created educational resources to encourage residents to reduce pesticide use and incorporate pollinator-friendly lawn care practices.
The City built multiple demonstration gardens.
In Albert A. White Memorial Park, the City is planting more native plants and is converting a large, mowed area in the park to pollinator habitat.
The City continues to offer free seeds at the ELPL’s Seed Library.
The City received grant funding for tree planting to increase the amount of native, pollinator-friendly trees on City property.
80% of the trees planted within East Lansing last year were native, pollinator-friendly trees.
The City will continue to incorporate pollinator-friendly policies and practices and will reduce pesticide use on City property where possible to benefit pollinators, the environment and the community.