In 2021, the City of Rowlett became an affiliate of Bee City USA®, an initiative created by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, to help communities sustain and reverse pollinator decline. A framework set forth for communities to conserve native pollinators by ensuring healthy habitats with a variety of native plants, nest sites, and protection from pesticides.
The City of Rowlett supports the Bee City USA®'s commitment to conserving native pollinators. Our mission as an affiliate is to build a thriving and healthy community connecting you, our residents, with nature. The vision for this program is that with your collaboration, the City of Rowlett becomes a leader in creating and conserving sustainable healthy environments.
The City of Rowlett’s participation as a Bee City USA® affiliate will continue to support the protection of pollinators by encouraging healthy pollinator habitat creation and enhancements. As a Bee City USA® Affiliate, the City through the efforts of Keep Rowlett Beautiful commits to:
The benefits of participating in this program are:
Pollinators are a keystone species in essentially every ecosystem on earth, enabling the reproduction of over 85% of all flowering plants and 67% of agricultural crops. (Bee City USA: Pollinator Conservation)
In addition to the well-known honey bee, a species brought to the United States from Europe, there are more than 20,000 described species of bees globally, and around 3,600 species of bees native to the United States. While bees are the most important pollinator, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, and hummingbirds also contribute to pollination. (Bee City USA: Pollinators)