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Pollinator Week

Effective Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with an abundance of plant and animal species that enhance the natural beauty of our state and contribute to the health of our ecosystems and industries; and

WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the health of our forests, grasslands, and other unique ecosystems, which provide forage, fish and wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities, as well as economic development opportunities for individuals and communities; and

WHEREAS, pollinator species, such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and others, provide significant benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy ecosystems, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more; and

WHEREAS, these species are also essential partners of farmers and ranchers, ensuring full harvests of the crops that produce much of our nation’s food supply; and

WHEREAS, in recent decades, pollinator populations have declined substantially, which may be due to factors such as pests, pathogens, and viruses; poor nutrition; pesticide exposure; bee management practices; and lack of genetic diversity; and

WHEREAS, Pollinator Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of this issue, as well as to recognize the valuable ecosystem services provided by our many pollinator species.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim

June 16-22, 2014 as:

Pollinator Week

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize and learn more about the important role pollinators play in maintaining the health of our ecosystem, and to consider planting flowers, trees, and other plants on their property to supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and habitat.

Dated: June 17, 2014

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