The Friends are happy to announce that Breakheart Reservation and DCR have joined the Pollinator Initiative set forth by Governor Baker. The effort included the planting at Breakheart of 100 specialized pollinator plants consisting of: milkweed, roses, raspberries, blueberries, etc., in order to attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, announced in June a sum of $50,000 in funding to plant pollinator-friendly gardens at Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) facilities.
“Massachusetts Pollinator Week is an opportunity to highlight the important role pollinators and their beekeepers play in ensuring a healthy and diverse ecosystem that farmers rely on for crop pollination and food production,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This new funding for pollinator-friendly gardens will help educate the public about pollinators and to support the Commonwealth’s vitally important pollinator populations.”
Pollinators include bees, birds, bats, butterflies and other species, and over 45 percent of agricultural commodities in Massachusetts rely on pollinator species for crop pollination and food production. There are approximately 4,500 honey beekeepers managing approximately 45,000 hives across the Commonwealth. Pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy, diverse ecosystems, and produce valuable products including honey, propolis, royal jelly and wax.
The Friends of Breakheart are pleased to support this effort by DCR, led by our park supervisor, Anthony Guthro, and invite all visitors to enjoy these plants, birds and insects throughout the summer and fall months.”