MILITARY BASES

When you think of military bases, you probably think of something  like this...

MILITARY BASES

But really, most bases look more like this - wooded, lots of foliage, and large open spaces.

Conservation of honeybees and endangered native bees is part of both the 2012 Presidential Memo and the 2015 National Pollinator Strategy.  The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Pollinator Conservation Guide addresses the placement of managed hives on DoD lands and discusses ways to protect hives from applications of dangerous pesticides.  All branches of the Armed Forces have taken steps to protect and support honeybees and native bees on their facilities and on neighboring lands.

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U.S. MARINE CORPS

The U.S. Marine Corps recently declared all native bees and European honeybees are protected, without exception.

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U.S. AIR FORCE

The U.S. Air Force  encourages the placement of hives "...on Air Force managed lands [...] on a case-by-case basis considering the local area and land management goals."

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U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is working "...with others to promote education, awareness, and management practices that provide for improved bee and pollinator populations and habitat."

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U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy recently changed their policy from "...killing feral bees that pose safety hazards, as was the longstanding practice, the base now relocates them..."