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About Pollinators

Birds, bees, bats, and other pollinators are in significant decline across the country and around the world. Yet, nearly 80% of the world’s crops require pollination, including fruits, vegetables, chocolate, and tequila. Without pollinators, there would be no tomato salads, no strawberry smoothies, no Hershey’s Kisses™, and no margaritas. One out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat and beverages we drink is the result of pollinator activity. In the United States, insects pollinate crops that produce between $20 billion and $30 billion worth of products annually!

National Strategy To Promote The Health Of Honey Bees And Other Pollinators

Why are Pollinators Important to DoD?

bee bulletPollinators are vital to installation landscapes and to carrying out the military mission. Many of the federally-listed and at-risk species located on military installations are pollinators, including species of bees, bats, butterflies, and flowering plants that   require pollination.

bee bulletWithout pollinators, native landscapes might become barren, or be overrun by invasive species. Declines of at-risk species might translate into access restrictions, which in turn could reduce the military’s capacity to test and train.

bee bulletDiverse native plant communities are frequently more resilient to impacts from training activities than poorer quality habitats. Native plant communities (which may depend heavily on pollinators) resist erosion from tank maneuvers, are resilient to fire, and provide realistic and safe training environments for soldiers.

bee bulletTo meet both its readiness and stewardship obligations, DoD cares about pollinators and works to benefit their populations.

DoD Funded Projects

DoD has been involved in promoting pollinator and pollinator habitat conservation efforts on its lands for 15 years.


Armed Forces Pest Management Board Pollinator Materials

Armed Forces Pest Mgmt Board Technical Guide No. 9, DoD Pollinator Conservation Ref Guide

U.S. Air Force Pollinator Conservation Reference Guide

Fact Sheets

Technical Reports

Conservation and Management of Western Monarchs on DoD Lands: Implications of Breeding Phenology (Report) – Legacy Program Project NR 19-001

Monarch Conservation on DoD Lands in the West: Best Management Practices – Legacy Program Project NR 19-001