Minnesota Will ‘Pay Homeowners To Replace Lawns With Bee-Friendly Wildflowers’

Minnesota Bee-Friendly: The US state will reportedly 'pay its homeowners to replace lawns with wildflowers' to repopulate the bees.
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Minnesota will reportedly ‘pay its homeowners to replace lawns with bee-friendly wildflowers’. 

According to the Star Tribune, a new spending program called Lawns to Legumes has been launched for the US state.

The new scheme will mean a reported $900,000 will be set aside annually, with homeowners apparently being given up to $500 each, depending on their location.

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Senior ecologist for the state Board of Water and Soil Resources, Dan Shaw, reportedly told MPR in August 2019: “For people that are within the rusty patched bumble bee zone they’ll be eligible for $500.

“People in our secondary pollinator corridors in the state will be eligible for $350, and then people outside of those two areas will be eligible for $150.”

Minnesota’s bee-friendly bill was introduced by state Rep Kelly Morrison, who supposedly said: “I have gotten a ton of e-mails and so much feedback from people who are interested in this.

“People are really thinking about how they can help.”

Although it would be fantastic to benefit all species of bees, the program particularly aims to help in the repopulation of the rusty patched bumblebee. Since March 2017, this species has been listed as endangered.

It’s believed the decline began in the 1990s and continued due to pesticide exposure, climate change, population fragmentation, habitat loss and diseases from commercial domesticated honeybees that are infected.

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