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to get on waiting list, email: laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org

3rd Annual Best Practices for Pollinators in the Real World

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018  8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance & Three Rivers Park District at



FOR:  State, County and Local Land Managers, Educators, Conservationists and Policymakers.

2017 Summit was standing room only. An independent poll shows 87% of Minnesota citizens are concerned about pollinator decline, and justifiably so.  Bees and pollinators are struggling, putting natural ecosystems and agricultural systems at risk. Government needs to act now with new local, county and state land management practices and policies.  The Best Practices for Pollinators Summit provides resources, background and innovation. This comprehensive summit is packed full of useful and practical knowledge.                                

Who should attend:  Legislators, state and local policymakers, public works and parks managers, environmental & parks commissions, roadside managers, parks & trails managers, county commissioners, city council, city and county planners, land managers, conservation educators.

Limited seating. Registration includes breakfast refreshments and materials. Certificate of completion available to participants day of the summit. Brought to you by Pollinator Friendly Alliance & Washington County Pollinator Consortium.

TopicS include...

  • Pollinator Conservation & Ecology.  Xerces Society, Karin Jokela, Conservation Planner.
  • Managing Landscapes for Protection of Endangered Species. U of M Bee Lab, Elaine Evans & Department of Transportation, Chris Smith, Wildlife Biologist.
  • Pesticide Drift Effects on Butterflies.  Minnesota Zoo, Dr. Erik Runquist.
  • Pesticides: Herbicides, Fungicides, Insecticides. U of M, Dr. Vera Krischik & Department of Agriculture.
  • Herbicide-Free Weed Control for Habitat Establishment. Xerces Society, Sarah Foltz Jordan, Conservation Specialist.
  • ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: Funding Projects, Urban Habitat, Motivating Staff.
  • Importance of Good Policy. Wayne Sandberg, Washington County & Rep. Rick Hansen, District 52A.
  • Mapping for Protected Pollinator Habitat. Tara Kelly, Washington Conservation District & Dan Shaw, Board of Water & Soil Resources.
  • Rethinking Roadsides Panel. Dan Whitney, Minnesota Honey Producers & Steve Thomforde, Ecologist & Dan MacSwain, Washington County.
  • Innovative Park Management Practices: Park Conservation Efforts by John Moriarty, Three Rivers Park District plus Management for Plant Diversity by Megan Manhatton & Scott Hagen, Dakota County Parks.

Sponsors:  Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Jon Kvasnik ChFC Environmental & Social Responsible Investing, Minnesota Native Landscapes, Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota Native Landscapes, Prairie Restorations Inc., Natural Shore Technologies. 

Participating Organizations include:  Three Rivers Park District, Washington County Pollinator Consortium, Washington County & Ramsey County Conservation Districts, Dakota County Parks, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, Xerces Society, Board of Water & Soil Resources BWSR, The Wildflower Project, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Zoo.