When people think of pollination they most often think of managed (non-native) honey bees used in agriculture and perhaps some also think of native, wild bumble bees. However, we have a wealth of other native bees present in non-agricultural landscapes such as forests and landscape trees. Most trees in western forests are wind pollinated, although understory plants and some broadleaf forest trees rely on pollination services or provide forage for native pollinators.
Foresters that own or manage small, private woodlands all the way up to large, industrial woodlands can contribute to conserving and promoting habitat and resources for our native bees.
- Selecting Plants for Pollinators in Pacific Lowland Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC (n.d.)
- Native Pollinator Plants for Southern Oregon Thomas D. Landis and Suzie Savoie (Mar. 2016)
- Hedgerow Planting for Pollinators The Xerxes Society (Jun. 2013)
- Selecting Native Plant Materials for Restoration Projects OSU (Nov. 2006)
- Improving Forage for Native Bee Crop Pollinators USDA (Aug. 2006)
- Native Plants and Trees of Oregon: low-maintenance native plants to conserve water and help pollinators (ODF)
- Working Trees for Pollinators USDA (Oct. 2015)
- Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands (May 2015)
- Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat for Crop Pollination USDA (Aug. 2006)
- Incorporating Pollinator Habitat into Silviopasture (USDA 2015)
- How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides Pacific Northwest Publication (revised Sep. 2013)
- Pesticide Considerations for Native Bees in Agroforestry USDA (Jun. 2007)
- Pesticide Drift Management OSU (Aug. 2007)
- Using Agroforestry Practices to Reduce Pesticide Risks to Pollinators & Other Agriculturally Beneficial Insects USDA (Jun. 2017)
Use pesticides safely!
- Wear protective clothing and safety devices as recommended on the label. Bathe or shower after each use.
- Read the pesticide label—even if you’ve used the pesticide before. Follow closely the instructions on the label (and any other directions you have).
- Be cautious when you apply pesticides. Know your legal responsibility as a pesticide applicator. You may be liable for injury or damage resulting from pesticide use.