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File #: 23-0563    Version: 1 Name: 4/3/23 Resolution to Support Pollinator Habitat in Ann Arbor
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/3/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/3/2023 Final action: 4/3/2023
Enactment date: 4/3/2023 Enactment #: R-23-111
Title: Resolution to Support Pollinator Habitat in Ann Arbor
Sponsors: Dharma Akmon, Lisa Disch
Resolution to Support Pollinator Habitat in Ann Arbor
Whereas, The Environmental Commission and City Council recognize that bees and other pollinators are integral to pollination of a wide diversity of native vegetation and food crops;

Whereas, Pollinator populations and water resources are threatened due to habitat loss, pathogens, parasites, and widespread use of pesticides, including neonicotinoids and other toxic chemicals;

Whereas, The City encourages Integrated Pest Management practices for both City-owned and private properties;

Whereas, Research suggests that bees and other pollinators make use of less-intensively maintained lawn spaces;

Whereas, Reduced frequency of mowing has been shown to have direct and indirect benefits to pollinator species, including: availability of more floral resources, less production of emissions from fossil fuel powered equipment, reduced noise from powered equipment, reduced compaction of soil, and associated improved stormwater infiltration;

Whereas, Research suggests that pollinators and other invertebrates rely on fallen leaves and on hollow stems of native plants for cover and insulation from the elements during winter months;

Whereas, Pollinators and floral resources have a positive relationship, in which an increase in pollinator populations can increase the amount of flora and food, and vice versa; and

Whereas, The Environmental Commission finds it is in the public interest and consistent with adopted City policy for the City to demonstrate its commitment to a safe and healthy community environment through the implementation of initiatives that help increase the pollinator population and protect water resources; and

Whereas, The Environmental Commission approved a Resolution to Support Pollinator Habitat at its March 23, 2023 meeting;

RESOLVED, That City Council directs the City Administrator to encourage property owners to reduce mowing frequency and to maintain lawn heights between 6 and ...

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