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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Greenwich Celebrated Earth Day by Becoming Pollinator Friendly Community

RESOLUTION DESIGNATING GREENWICH “A POLLINATOR FRIENDLY COMMUNITY”

WHEREAS, the Greenwich Board of Selectmen recognizes that bees and other pollinators are integral to a healthy and resilient ecosystem and a wide diversity of essential foods for human and wildlife consumption; and

WHEREAS, pollinator populations are in decline due to habitat loss, land development, land maintenance practices, pesticide use, pathogens and parasites; and

WHEREAS, alternative land management practices to mowed lawn are available that dramatically increase pollinator forage; and

WHEREAS, native plantings that provide high-quality forage for pollinators also provide benefits related to water quality treatment, stormwater management, carbon sequestration, noise and pollution reduction, erosion prevention and soil enhancement; and

WHEREAS, application of certain pesticides such as neonicotinoids and systemic herbicides that have unintended consequences against beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Selectman finds it is in the public interest and consistent with adopted Town policy for the Town to demonstrate its commitment to a safe and healthy community environment for people and pollinators.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Greenwich Board of Selectmen, that the Town of Greenwich is hereby declared a Pollinator-Friendly Community. As a Pollinator-Friendly Community, the Town will:

              promote healthy environments for pollinators including quality sources of nectar      and pollen, clean water and habitat through existing programs and new opportunities; and

              pursue planting more pollinator forage in areas of town parks that currently exist as mowed turf grass; and

              consider adding natural areas with beneficial pollinator-friendly plants when            designing new and renovated facilities; and

              minimize use of systemic pesticides, with emphasis on avoiding use of pesticides     from the neonicotinoid family, on Town property to the extent practicable; and

              undertake best efforts to purchase plants that have not been pre-treated with pesticides; and

              undertake best efforts to utilize pollinator plantings as educational spaces; and

              communicate to Town residents, partner organizations, and businesses the   importance of creating and maintaining a pollinator-friendly habitat; and

              maintain a list of native and naturalized pollinator-friendly plants for reference by    the community and encourage private developers and landowners to incorporate pollinator-friendly plantings into required landscaping; and

              annually provide the Conservation Commission with an update on steps taken to     create a more Pollinator-Friendly Greenwich.

THIS RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED BY THE GREENWICH BOARD OF SELECTMEN ON April 22, 2021.

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