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Information About Utah Pollinators

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Pollinators are essential to our environment.  The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of nearly 75% of the world’s flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems.  More than 2/3 of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination, with an annual estimated value of $18 to $27 billion in the United States alone.  Pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems.  Their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears, as well as being important prey items for other species.

Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important to preserving both wider biodiversity as well as agriculture.  In many places, this essential service is at risk.  Pollinator conservation generally consists of three facets: 1) floral resources, 2) nest sites, 3) protection from pesticides.  The information provided before can be used for gardeners and farmers to plan and implement pollinator conservation projects.

Plants/Planting:

Plants for Pollinators – NRCS Utah – 2014 (XLS, 4 MB)

CRP CP 42 Pollinator Planting Recommendations 2014 (XLS, 32 KB)

Plant Materials for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects in Eastern Utah and Western Colorado (PDF, 4.16 MB)

Native Milkweeds of the Great Basin (PDF, 856 KB)

Plant and Seed Vendors (PDF, 309 KB)

Pollinator Planting Guide by Zip Code (website)

Establishing Pollinator Meadows from Seed (PDF, 4.16 MB)

Range Plants of Utah (website)Bee_Utah_NRCS

Utah Native Plant Society (website)

Nesting:

Nests for Native Bees (PDF, 265 KB)

Tunnel Nest Construction (PDF, 308 KB)

Pesticide:

How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticide (website)

General:

Using the 2014 Farm Bill_Programs for Pollinator Conservation (PDF, 864 KB)

Gardening for Native Bees in Utah and Beyond (PDF, 3.92 MB)

Conserving Bumble Bees (website)

Managing Alternative Pollinators (website)

Western Bumblebee Guide (PDF, 7.66 MB)

Bumblebee ID (website)

Pollinators and Rangelands – SRM Special Issue (PDF, 5.82 MB)

Habitat Assessment:

Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form (PDF, 285 KB)

Organic Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form (PDF, 458 KB)

Natural Area and Rangeland Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form (PDF, 1.50 MB)

General Pollinator Websites:

PLANTS Pollinator Resources

Xerces Society

Pollinator Partnership

USDA-ARS Logan Bee Lab

2014 Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators
 

Information about Animals

Animals (website)

For more information, contact your local USDA-NRCS Service Center or you may also contact the NRCS State Office:

State Biologist