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Beyond Toxics, GloryBee, The Xerces Society, The Walama Restoration Project, Audubon Society and the Eugene Parks and Open Spaces Department are working together to make Eugene an official “Bee City USA!

L to R: Krystal Abrams, Beyond Toxics Social Media and Pollinator Projects Manager; Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics Executive Director; Eugene City Councilor Mike Clark

JULY 23rd 2018 UPDATE: We did it Bee City USA!

It’s official, Eugene just passed the resolution to bee-come a Bee City USA affiliate! ? BIG THANKS to City Councilor Mike Clark for being a bee protector!

Extra special thanks to City of Eugene Parks & Open Space Division for your tireless work on this resolution!

See Bee City USA for details about this exciting program!

Bee City Eugene Committee:
Krystal Abrams, Beyond Toxics (Chair) – contact
Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics – contact
Carolyn Burke, Eugene Parks & Open Spaces – contact
Aimee Code, Xerces Society – contact
Debra Schlenoff, Lane County Audubon Society – contact
Michael France, GloryBee, Oregon Bee Project, Lane County Beekeepers Association – contact
Kris Elsbree, Walama Restoration Project – contact


Photo by Greg Giesy

Why Did Eugene Become a Bee City?
We will lose a lot more than honey if our bees are unable to cope with the changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land. Our native pollinators significantly contribute to crop and wild plant pollination. It is imperative that we diversify and support the native pollinators that we rely on for food and lush outdoor spaces. By becoming a Bee City USA city Eugene has stepped up efforts to protect our pollinators in order to combat growing food-deserts and loss of green spaces in our communities.

What is a Bee City?
Bee City USA is a movement to support pollinator protection and ultimately reverse pollinator declines around the world. Bee City communities support collaboration and establish and maintain healthy pollinator habitat within the Bee City.

Photo by Sherrie Pelsma

What will Bee City do?
Bee City USA efforts will maintain ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and empower people to provide them with healthy habitat.

Where are other Bee Cities?
Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Gold Hill & Wilsonville have already become Bee Cities in Oregon! There are 52 Bee Cities in the USA and counting! Together we can help our pollinators thrive!

Read a sample of the resolution (PDF)

Special thanks to Glorybee for sponsorship of this important initiative.