Apiaries on Public Lands
Project Eleven Hundred (named after the average number of native bee species in the four Colorado Plateau states) is a small nonprofit organization focused on preventing and ending the placement of honey bee apiaries (groups of honey bee hives) on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands on the Colorado Plateau. Beyond Toxics has joined forces with Project 1100 so that we can advance native bee protection projects in Oregon as well. The Project Eleven Hundred website describes the organization, the science behind concerns about honey bee apiaries in native bee habitat, and the work they do.
Project Eleven Hundred provides information directly to Forest Service and BLM managers, because most of the managers have not realized the threat honey bee apiaries pose to the native bees on the lands they manage. We believe that before the Forest Service or BLM issues any honey bee apiary permit on the lands they manage, the agency should publicly assess what bees and sensitive, bee-pollinated plants are present, and acknowledge any threats their permitting may pose to those species.
Beyond Toxics is thrilled to partner with Project Eleven Hundred and is grateful for the work that they do to end bee exposures to toxics. We've written a summary of threats native pollinators face due to pesticide exposure in the nectar and pollen where they forage and the environments that sustain their current and future generations. "Native Bees and Pesticide Threats" is a quick introduction to how and why we must do more to protect native and wild bees.