Butterfly Pavilion celebrates the success of House Joint Resolution 1029, a bill designating Interstate 76 from Jefferson to Sedgewick counties as the “Colorado Pollinator Highway.” The resolution acknowledges that pollinators have an estimated annual economic impact of $24 billion across the United States and that Colorado will now take steps to ensure healthy, diverse habitat to promote pollinator survival.
The resolution allows the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to accept gifts, grants, and donations to install signs to mark the highway and also encourages CDOT to work with regional planners, local governments, and adjacent landowners to manage vegetation to support pollinators. The resolution is an important step in increasing pollinator awareness and has the potential to create hundreds of acres of pollinator habitat.
Before the bill went to a vote, Mario Padilla, entomologist and bee expert at Butterfly Pavilion, and other Pavilion curatorial staff, set up live bee and pollinator exhibits at the Colorado State Capitol to help educate legislators about pollinators and their profound impact. A total of four pro-pollinator organizations presented information and exhibits in support of the Resolution.
“Pollinator declines are occurring throughout the country and have a direct impact on humans. Pollination is directly responsible for every third bite of food we eat. This resolution will help support pollinators by providing much needed forage and habitat,” said Mario Padilla. “This is why Butterfly Pavilion’s PACE initiative is so important. Through this program we are increasing pollinator awareness, restoring habitats throughout the Metro area, and introducing bee populations through hive installations. All these efforts are positively impacting the health and wellbeing of our pollinator populations.”
Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education (PACE) is a Butterfly Pavilion initiative focuses on increasing populations of pollinators throughout the region, and ultimately on a global level. Habitat restoration, educating the public on how to promote and protect pollinators, and implementing best practices in conservation are the foundation of the PACE program. Learn more at www.pace4pollinators.org.
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