Pollinator Friendly Community

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.

What the City is Doing

As a Pollinator Friendly Community, the City of East Lansing will:

  • Continue to strive to reduce and minimize all chemical pesticide use on City property, and, where possible, implement alternative practices to minimize impacts on the natural environment.
  • Create a comprehensive pesticide use policy for all departments that will specify when the use of pesticides may be considered, provide guidance on the proper use of pesticides and focus on the elimination of pesticides that are highly damaging to pollinators.
  • Work to enhance safe and healthy pollinator forage habitat on City properties, including revision of mowing policies where possible to allow wildflowers and other appropriate flowering species to flourish and feed pollinators. The City will also consider pollinator-friendly and native trees as part of its community tree selection process.
  • Strive to purchase landscaping materials, such as plants and seeds, that have not been pre-treated with systemic pesticides.
  • Encourage local businesses, schools, neighborhoods and households to adopt pollinator friendly policies and practices.
  • Work with local universities and other professional organizations to support pollinator health and research, implement best practices, encourage swarm recovery and establish a baseline to monitor pollinator health.

What Residents Can Do

Community members are encouraged be a part of making East Lansing more friendly to pollinators. Here are a few ways community members can help make a difference:

  • Reduce the use of pesticides in yards.
  • Plant pollinator-friendly plants.
    Free, bee-friendly flower seeds are now available at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road. Just stop by and ask about the ELPL Seed Library
  • Plant a pollinator garden and register it as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
  • Leave some areas in yards mulch-free.
  • Convert portions of lawns into wildflower meadows.
  • Depending on the rate of growth, limit mowing to every two to three weeks.