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ASLA, The Pollinator Partnership Events Celebrate Pollinator Week

Preserving and creating pollinator-friendly habitat is a critical issue for landscape architects. The urgent need to do more to protect our nation’s pollinators gained the spotlight during a June 21 congressional briefing and evening reception as part of Pollinator Week 2017. ASLA’s Government Affairs team hosted the events in cooperation with the Pollinator Partnership.

2017-06-26

Preserving and creating pollinator-friendly habitat is a critical issue for landscape architects. The urgent need to do more to protect our nation’s pollinators gained the spotlight during a June 21 congressional briefing and evening reception as part of Pollinator Week 2017. ASLA’s Government Affairs team hosted the events in cooperation with the Pollinator Partnership.

The briefing, “The Challenges and Opportunities for Pollinators in the United States,” drew a standing-room-only crowd and featured status updates from federal agency officials and conservation experts, including Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation. In one of the event’s highlights, Mies presented three live bats as part of his remarks on the benefits of bats, their little-known role as pollinators, and the need to conserve their habitat.

The esteemed panel also included Deirdre Remley from the Federal Highway Administration, Anne Kinsinger from the U.S. Geological Survey, and Gene Brandi from the American Beekeeping Federation.

Welcome remarks were provided by U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (CA) and Alcee L. Hastings (FL) of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus. Val Dolcini, president and CEO of the Pollinator Partnership moderated the briefing, while Mark Cason, ASLA government affairs manager, provided closing remarks. 

The evening reception took place at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture and attracted a full crowd of policymakers and other stakeholders. 

Landscape architects are essential stakeholders in designing spaces that foster healthy pollinator habitats. ASLA members use their ingenuity to create vibrant, well-designed landscapes to improve the nation’s pollinator population.

For pictures of the briefing on Capitol Hill, please see our full story on LAND. 

Contact

Karen T. Grajales
Manager, Public Relations 
tel: 1-202-216-2371
ktgrajales@asla.org
@ktgrajales

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