Study Catalogs Pollinator-Protection Efforts of State Governments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have catalogued every pollinator protection policy enacted by state governments from 2000-2017. The resulting database of information provides an opportunity to study how lawmakers in 36 states have addressed the issue with 109 pieces of legislation that take varying approaches to the problem of pollinator decline. “We are seeing encouraging policy innovations, but there is no momentum in state legislatures to adequately monitor this crisis,” Assistant Professor Damon Hall said. “Wild pollinating insects, like native bees, are wildlife to be managed like any other kinds of wildlife, and that means we need data to track population declines and to start experimenting with different types of land-use programs.”