The U.S. EPA and USDA will host two public listening sessions on Nov. 12 and Nov. 17 in the Washington, D.C., area to solicit stakeholder input that will assist the Pollinator Health Task Force in developing a federal strategy to protect honey bees and other pollinators.
The Task Force is asking for input on the types of activities that could be part of the strategy, including public private partnerships, research, educational opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements and pesticide risk mitigation, according to a public announcement from EPA.
The Pollinator Task force is a result of President Obama's June 20 directive to federal agencies that required additional action on a strategy to improve the health of honey bees and other pollinators.
EPA and USDA co-chair the task force, which is charged with expanding efforts to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels.
The first listening session will be held Nov. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET in Arlington, Va. The second will be held Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Riverdale, Md. More details on the Pollinator Listening Sessions can be found on the EPA website.
A webinar is also available for stakeholders who are unable to attend the sessions in person.
For those who cannot attend in person or by webinar, written comments must be submitted by Nov. 24 via the Federal Register, EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0806-0002.