Beekeeping to Maximize Pollinator Health (PDF) Ohio Beekeepers beekeeping section for the Ohio Pollinator Plan
The Beekeeping Chapter submitted for the Ohio Pollinator Health and Protection Plan prepared by OSBA’s committee of beekeepers. (Per written request, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI) and The Ohio Pollinator Health, Conservation, and Protection Plan team do not wish to be affiliated with it’s creation or use.)
Over the past year, OSBA has participated in preparing the Beekeeping Chapter of the Ohio Pollinator Health, Conservation, and Protection Plan entitled “Beekeeping to Maximize Pollinator Health”. I’d like to personally thank the committee members who worked on this plan: Marishka Wile, Chris Dresel, Jamie Walters, Roger Myers, John Grafton, Jeff Gabric, Terry Lieberman-Smith and Michele Colopy. They did a great job representing Ohio Beekeepers and completed a thorough and well thought out plan and requested revisions on schedule. We were very pleased that Ohio’s Pollinator Health, Conservation, and Protection Plan team had included beekeepers, honey bees being important for Ohio’s agriculture, and beekeeping having a strong history in Ohio. You can find the OSBA Beekeeping Chapter “Beekeeping to Maximize Pollinator Health” on the OSBA website at http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/pollinator-health
However, OSBA is dismayed that the Ohio Pollinator Health, Conservation, and Protection Plan team summarily rejected the beekeeping plan and does not want to be affiliated with it, furthermore they no longer wish to include the beekeeping committee on the team to protect Ohio’s pollinators by email notice to OSBA on Nov 16, 2017. Beekeepers have been included, or minimally represented on the stakeholder groups in the development of Pollinator Protection plans in far too many states. Diversity of stakeholders is highly encouraged by the AAPCO / EPA pollinator plan guidelines. We are saddened that Ohio has now joined too many other states where the beekeepers are discounted, ignored, sidelined, and removed from a State Pollinator Plan whose main premise is communicating with fellow agricultural stakeholders, and the public to ensure a healthy and sustainable ecosystem in Ohio, for Ohio, led by all Ohioans.
OSBA’s response to the Ohio Pollinator Health, Conservation and Protection Plan teams decision to not include the above section in Ohio’s Pollinator Protection Plan and remove beekeepers from the team to create the plan: http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/OSBA-cmte.-response-to-OPHI-decision-to-remove-beekeepers-Nov.-2017.pdf
AAPCO MP3 guidance document http://pollinatorstewardship.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DRAFT-AAPCO-att14_mp3_guidance.pdf
Report of the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO) Committee on Managed Pollinator Protection Plans February 23. 2015 https://aapco.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/aapco-pollinator-protection-workgroup-march-2015-report.pdf
EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs letter to AAPCO and SFIREG relating to MP3s http://pollinatorstewardship.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Attachment_2_-_USEPA_Letter_AAPCOSFIREG_State_Pollinator_Plan.pdf