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A pilot project “aims to identify location-based best practices in landscaping and planning for pollinators." Image: Nicole Kwiatkowski/Shutterstock.com

The GSA has announced an initiative to use federal properties as havens for pollinators, starting with the installation of honeybee hives at 11 GSA facilities as a pilot program.

“Saving bees and other pollinators from the risks they face is an important part of a sustainable future because pollinators are critical to agriculture and food production,” it said, adding that it “has established policies and practices to support pollinator habitat through the design, construction, and maintenance of federal properties nationwide.”

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The pilot project “aims to identify location-based best practices in landscaping and planning for pollinators. The GSA pilot will inform a more efficient and effective design policy to create and maintain habitats that can be modeled by other federal agency partners, builders, and property managers,” it said.

The Best Bees Company will maintain the hives, analyze honey production from each, “and identify the plants and landscapes that are specifically beneficial to local pollinators. This information is expected to help guide GSA’s future pollinator-friendly landscape design and maintenance policies and practices,” the GSA said.

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