Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan.
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Where have all the bees gone? - Jan Sluizer, VOA Voice of America, 04/19/15
VOA recently went to the town of Lockeford, in the Central Valley of California. Researchers there are mixing plants to try to bring back the bees. Margaret Smither-Kopperl is a botanist, a scientist who studies plants. She leads the Lockeford Plant Materials Center.
Plant Diversity a Boon for Declining Bees - Jan Sluizer, VOA Voice of America, 02/19/15
Finding the right mix. In an effort to identify the right combination that will bloom and attract bees throughout the spring and summer, and into the fall, Cruz and botanist Margaret Smither-Kopperl have set out a diverse mix of plants at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center in California's Central Valley.
Bee Buffer Project - Farmers Sought to Provide Bee Habitat - Record, 12/04/14
Margaret Smither-Kopperl, manager of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Lockeford Plant Materials Center, said providing bee habitat has a number of benefits. While her agency is not involved in the Bee Buffer Project, it has studied and supports the creation of hedgerows, designed for use between and within farm fields, that support bees and other beneficial insects and wildlife.