Pollinator Conservation

Pollinators are essential to our New Jersey environment. The pollination service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of countless flowering plants, including many of our local agricultural crops like apples, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, clover, alfalfa and more. The United States alone grows more than one hundred crops that either need or benefit from pollinators, and the economic value of these native pollinators is estimated at $3 billion per year in the U.S. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. In many places the essential service of pollination is at risk from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases. North Jersey RC&D has partnered with USDA NRCS and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to provide technical information to local farmers and landowners on honey bees, native pollinators, bee habitat, and related conservation measures.
For more information go to Xerces website, talk to Grace Messinger or visit our documents page.