Pollinators

Photo: Tara Harris, MN Zoo

 

In 2019, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 19-28 recognizing pollinators as important to Minnesota's economy, ecology, and way of life and directing state agencies to restore pollinator health in Minnesota. This order builds upon his predecessor's executive order, and continues the EQB's role in pollinator public engagement and implementation of the Interagency Pollinator Protection Team.

The Interagency Pollinator Protection Team includes representatives from the Minnesota Departments of Administration, Agriculture, Corrections, Education, Health, Natural Resources, and Transportation; the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources; the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; and the Minnesota Zoological Garden. The Interagency Pollinator Protection Team provides operational support, ensures interagency cooperation, develops cross agency policies and programs, and reports annually on progress.

Under Governor Dayton's pollinator executive order, the Environmental Quality Board also supported the Governor's Committee on Pollinator Protection, comprised of 15 appointed citizens with experience in agriculture, conservation, education, academia, and local government. The committee, formed in 2016, advised the governor, the Environmental Quality Board, the Interagency Pollinator Protection Team, and participating agencies on pollinator policy and programs. The Governor's Committee delivered a report with 39 recommendations in November 2018 documenting a range of ideas for pollinator conservation.The committee completed its work in December 2018.

For information on the Environmental Quality Board's pollinator work, contact Faith Krogstad (faith.krogstad@state.mn.us, 651-757-2086).

Pollinator Reports

Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report 20192019 Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report

Information Sources for the 2019 Pollinator Report

Agency Pollinator Summaries 2019

Pollinator Legislation Memo 2019

 

Recommendations for Pollinator Protection in Minnesota2018 Recommendations on Pollinator Protection - Governor's Committee on Pollinator Protection

 

Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report 20182018 Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report

 

Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report 20172017 Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report