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Pollinator Resolution signed between Rotary District 7890 and the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area

Rotary District 7890 and the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area have signed a Pollinator Resolution in joint support of helping to reduce pollinator loss. A signing ceremony took place on July 15 at the French Park Pollinator Pathway in Egremont, MA.

The National Park Service has joined this effort by helping to build collaborative partnerships between Rotarians and National Heritage Area leaders across our nation.  Rotary International and the National Park Service / National Heritage Area Program have identified pollinator protection as a program priority, and have begun working collaboratively to raise public awareness of the problem and to support local actions that mitigate the hazards to pollinators.  Throughout Southern New England, Rotary and National Heritage Areas have signed joint pollinator resolutions, pledging action in support of pollinators.

“Rotary District 7890, celebrating over 100 years of service to humanity, is proud to sign the Pollinator Resolution with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area,” said Rotary District Governor Randy Chapell. “Along with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and other Rotary Districts in Massachusetts and neighboring states, we commit to pollinator protection as essential for ecological survival. We are inspired by the pollinator plantings and educational outreach by other Rotary Districts across the country leading the way as Operation Pollination Ambassadors.”

“Life, as we know it, depends on pollinators,” said Housatonic Heritage’s Operation Pollination program director Vivian Orlowski.  ‘Thirty-five percent of food crops and 75 percent of all flowering plants need pollinators to reproduce.  To help safeguard our regional food and ecosystems, Rotary District 7890’s commitment to protect pollinator health and habitat provides vital community leadership.”

Dan Bolognani, Executive Director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area added “We’re pleased to have a high-profile partnership with Rotary International; the collaboration raises awareness of this important subject, and provides an additional avenue for the National Park Service, National Heritage Areas and Rotary Clubs to support each other in local pollinator protection projects.”

Media Contacts:

Dan Bolognani
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
24 Main St. – PO Box 493
Salisbury, CT  06068