Local conservation efforts keeping pollinators around

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 5:52 PM PST
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Valley Wood park and the trails behind Patagonia warehouse are two beautiful recreational areas to enjoy the view and fresh air.

Tom Stille from

along with Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Patagonia spent some time there planting trees, flowers and shrubs for the community and for workers nearby to enjoy....worker bees that is.

"What we tried to do is plant trees, flowers and shrubs which are all good nectar and pollen sources," said Stille

According to Stille, bees and other pollinators are responsible for 40% of our fruits and vegetables.

So, you can imagine how important they are to our sustainability.

"They're also important for our habitat," explained Stille. "We have all of our native plants and native shrubs, rabbit brush is one of them that's around here now. Bees pollinate these plants so they're productive. If we have productive plants, we have productive wildlife and we all love our wildlife."

In Valley Wood Park, biodiversity is the goal.

While it's a brown scenery for now, come spring you'll see some blooming plants and flowers...thanks to the growing habitat housed here.

River School Farm is also committed to community outreach and even conduct tours to showcase the public the local conservation in our area.

"So right now we have a whole range of trees and shrubs that attract different pollinators," added Stille. "We're also interested in attracting things like owls and birds that eat voles because voles are one of our problems out here. I think Reno, Sparks and Carson City have a program for pollinators so there's a lot of support."

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