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Pollinator Project, a buzzing success at White Earth Housing Authority

                                                                         News Feature                                                           8/10/2011

Pollinator Project, a buzzing success at White Earth Housing Authority

White Earth Housing Authority is pleased to announce the completion of the Pollinator Planting Project located at the Riverland Estates site. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) worked with the White Earth Housing Authority, White Earth Natural Resources Agriculture Department and White Earth TERO program to develop a 20 acre Pollinator planting.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) worked with the White Earth Housing Authority, White Earth Natural Resources Agriculture Department and White Earth TERO program to develop a 20 acre Pollinator planting at the Riverland Estates site.

Adam Woltjer, White Earth Tribal Liaison for NRCS stated that this conservation planting brought together several local partnerships and people to make this pollinator planting a reality. Utilizing the NRCS’ EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program); by providing some technical and financial assistance for the pollinator planting project at the Riverland Estates site.

The project consisted of a total of 20 acres that was first restored in native prairie grasses and forbs then hand planted with approximately 1400 fruit trees. The local ecotype native prairie mix containing over 50 different forbs planted along with the fruit trees will benefit native pollinators including bees, birds and other wildlife.

The completion of this project showcases land that can now provide pollination, wildlife habitat, and wind protection for erosion control, water filtration, reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling of the homes (shelterbelt), and sustainable foods.

As to the future, more interest is developing over planting additional pollinator plantings at White Earth. After all, when folks work together such as was the case here at White Earth, more can and will be accomplished for the sake of conservation.

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