When people think of pollination they most often think of managed (non-native) honey bees used in agriculture and perhaps some also think of native, wild bumble bees. However, we have a wealth of other native bees present in non-agricultural landscapes such as forests and landscape trees. Most trees in western forests are wind pollinated, although understory plants and some broadleaf forest trees rely on pollination services or provide forage for native pollinators.
Foresters that own or manage small, private woodlands all the way up to large, industrial woodlands can contribute to conserving and promoting habitat and resources for our native bees.
Read up on the summary of our current understanding of forest habitat for pollinators on our blog: Bees and Trees.
OBP is working with foresters that have voluntarily incorporated pollinator-friendly practices into silvicultural management and recruiting more. Check back soon for more info!
resources for foresters
- Selecting Plants for Pollinators in Pacific Lowland Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC (n.d.)
- Native Pollinator Plants for Southern Oregon Thomas D. Landis and Suzie Savoie (Mar. 2016)
- Hedgerow Planting for Pollinators The Xerxes Society (Jun. 2013)
- Selecting Native Plant Materials for Restoration Projects OSU (Nov. 2006)
- Improving Forage for Native Bee Crop Pollinators USDA (Aug. 2006)
- Native Plants and Trees of Oregon: low-maintenance native plants to conserve water and help pollinators (ODF)
- Working Trees for Pollinators USDA (Oct. 2015)
- Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands (May 2015)
- Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat for Crop Pollination USDA (Aug. 2006)
- Incorporating Pollinator Habitat into Silviopasture (USDA 2015)
- How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides Pacific Northwest Publication (revised Sep. 2013)
- Pesticide Considerations for Native Bees in Agroforestry USDA (Jun. 2007)
- Pesticide Drift Management OSU (Aug. 2007)
- Using Agroforestry Practices to Reduce Pesticide Risks to Pollinators & Other Agriculturally Beneficial Insects USDA (Jun. 2017)