Proclamation

By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, Pollinator Week is in its tenth year and has grown into an international celebration; and

WHEREAS, the City of Auburn and the Auburn University College of Agriculture will be hosting Bee Auburn, a celebration of pollinators and their impact on our history, culture, health and economy, particularly in Alabama; and

WHEREAS, pollinator species such as birds and insects are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and

WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the health of our national forests and grasslands, which provide forage, fish and wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities as well as enhanced economic development opportunities for communities; and

WHEREAS, pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy, biodiverse ecosystems; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama has managed wildlife habitats and public lands such as state forests and grasslands for decades; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama provides producers with conservation assistance to promote wise conservation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats on working lands and wildlands:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the week of June 19th through 25th, 2017, as                                                

Alabama Pollinator Week

in the State of Alabama.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of June 2017.

Kay Ivey

Governor