Why Upper Rogue Pollinator Project
Following the announcements from the United Nations, European Nations and Organizations, our own USDA has announced the necessity to form coalitions to battle the effects of climate change and confront the fear of food shortages.
Pollinators are recognized as a key part of this announcement, and to be incorporated into major projects to find solutions to the impending crisis. USDA departments who are traditionally not involved with pollinators are currently being informed of the need to incorporate pollinators into their different programs. Example: Xerces pollinator presentation last month to the local NRCS , followed by their new ICP program working with USDA and the NRCS working with the farming community to incorporate pollinator friendly zones. Xerces new ICP program is a fantastic example of the types of projects the USDA is calling for. It validates the concept of the U.R.P.P. This year the U.S. has invested 71 million dollars towards finding solutions to the pollinator crisis. The National Honey board has just sent out an announcement asking for projects that can support and build honey bee stocks.
Southern Oregon is known to be a premier area to raise bees. Known for its micro-climate the area is made up of varying micro/macro environments. Mankind has the ability to build macro/environments. The Sams valley and Lake creek area become limited foraging grounds for pollinators after the blackberry bloom. However there are large tracks of land within these two areas that have the capacity to build a prolonged pollinator forage area with the assistance of different experts, in different fields, of Agriculture and Ecology. Southern Oregon is one of the few areas in the continental U.S. that has been relatively sheltered from Climate Change being suffered across the U.S., and has a relatively cleaner environment than many areas of the U.S., increasing survival chances of Honey Bees. If the USDA is calling for large projects to be initiated in the U.S., the question needs to be asked, where is the best area for these types of projects that offer the best chance of success? With implementation of ecological self-sustaining measures, this project has the chance of not just sustaining local pollinators, but producing excess pollinators for outside pollination besides supplying a more resilient bee to other beekeepers both in and out of our valley area. Building and strengthening our beekeeping community besides the rest of the community involved with agriculture.
Beekeepers besides involved scientists acknowledge the needed work on genetics. One of the major failings to develop a superior genetic stock of bees is the lack of controlled environments. Example, minutes from the Cascadia Queen Breeder association besides discussion with Manly Bigalk of the Russian Queen Breeders association and multiple references available on the web.
The vast amounts of beekeepers in S.O. are not members of SOBA or OSBA. A project of this type should have its own research station not just for the project but additionally for the whole region. A research station would facilitate the needed surveillance of the regions honey bee stock besides making it easier to encourage all the S.O. beekeepers to supply samples of their bees.
SOBA could better serve the community in a permanent location dedicated to beekeeping. WBI envisions a full facility incorporating the research station, a permanent location for SOBA, supplying the requirements for teaching and training beginning beekeepers, 4h, FFA, school outings, conference/events, besides housing other aspects of the URPP