Congressional Briefing Highlights Landscape Architects’ Contributions to Pollinator Health

Congressional Briefing Highlights Landscape Architects’ Contributions to Pollinator Health


Getting the landscape architect’s perspective is critical to the supporting pollinator health, and this perspective was eloquently shared during a congressional briefing and evening reception held June 23 to celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 20-26).

ASLA’s Government Affairs team hosted the briefing and reception in cooperation with the Pollinator Partnership. 

The briefing, “Highways to Habitats: Enhancing Pollinator Forage Areas,”attracted nearly 100 attendees and featured status updates from federal, state, and local stakeholders on pollinator health and pollinator conservation actions. It was broadcast live on Facebook.

The esteemed panel included the principal landscape architect Keith Robinson, ASLA, from California Department of Transportation; Eric Silva from the American Honey Producers Association; Katina Hanson from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; and Dr. Barry Thompson, a Maryland beekeeper. Pollinator Partnership Executive Director Laurie Davies Adams moderated the briefing, while ASLA Government Affairs Manager Mark Cason moderated the Q&A session and provided closing remarks.

Later that evening, ASLA hosted the Pollinator Week 2016 congressional rooftop reception at ASLA temporary headquarters. The event brought over 100 stakeholders from Capitol Hill, federal agencies (U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management), along with an array of coalition stakeholders engrossed in pollinator health issues. The reception also provided an opportunity for attendees to network, connect, and celebrate the progress made over the last year (passages of the Highways BEE Act and White House Pollinator Partnership Action Plan) towards pollinator health and awareness.

Don’t forget to view the ASLA Pollinator Week congressional briefing and reception photo gallery. 


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