The 49th annual NOFA summer conference is coming soon!
Online, Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27, with evening speakers and workshops. It continues both in-person and online, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA.
Our pollinator presentations will include sessions on Dark Sky awareness, green roofs as pollinator habitat, managing invasive plants, converting lawns to meadows with Owen Wormser, and a talk by Native Plant Trust’s own Uli Lortimer. We will also have in-person programs for children.
Pollinators face many challenges, from habitat loss to pesticides, but there is a groundswell of public interest in protecting their populations and the ecosystem services they provide. The mission of the MA Pollinator Network (MAPN) is to expand pollinator habitat and reduce the use of pesticides through creation of a statewide network that connects and supports the growing number of individuals, communities, organizations, and research groups working to protect pollination systems across the Commonwealth.
Toward these broader objectives, MAPN will:
- strengthen existing partnerships and facilitate new collaborations to accomplish shared goals;
- provide the public, including activists and advocates, with the resources they need to succeed in their efforts;
- promote native plants, especially those needed by at-risk native pollinators;
- work with professionals in plant cultivation, landscaping, and nurseries to increase the availability of native plants;
- advocate for local, state, and national policy reforms that protect and enhance biodiversity, including critical pesticide reform legislation;
- engage in public education and outreach to raise awareness about the individual and collective actions that will promote healthy and diverse pollinator populations.
Together, we will protect and expand pollinator habitats and reduce the use of biocides in landscapes across the Commonwealth!