Charter Township of Ypsilanti, Michigan – 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

Over the last year, Ypsilanti Township has built two new hives:

Green Oaks Golf Course

Our first new hive was built at Green Oaks Golf Course. No pesticides are being used at the course, making this location ideal for our YTown bees. We are happy to report the hive is thriving!

Fire Station #3

Our second new hive was built at YTown Fire Station #3. It is also doing very well!

One of our YTown residents created a pollinator garden in the Millpointe/Streamwood Subdivision. He included a variety of perennial flowering plants such as daylilies, irises, sedum and rudbeckia. Ypsilanti Township provided the seeds and all plants were chosen for their hardiess and long flowering nature. The garden continues to be very successful!

We were also approached The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association approached us and volunteered to plant wildflowers in our Hewen’s Creek Park, creating an inviting, pollinator friendly atmosphere for our friends! Ypsilanti Township provided seeds that were donated to us.

Hive at Fire Station #3

Policies & Practices

National Pollinator Week

In May 2017, our Township Board of Trustees approved Resolution No. 2017-12 in honor of National Pollinator Week June 11-17, 2017.

Resolution No. 2017-12

Education & Outreach

We frequently include information in materials we distribute to our Neighborhood Watch groups. Here is a paragraph we included recently:

“We also wanted to make you aware of the global concern about the collapse of bee colonies. Bees are crucial to our food and ecosystem and planting pollinating friendly flowers and using the right fertilizer are the keys to thriving bee colonies. Ypsilanti Township is proud that in 2015, we were named the first “Bee City” in the State of Michigan! We have several hives at locations throughout the Township and are excited to do our part in protecting our bees!”

We strive to do our part to educate our community and keep this important message alive!

Donations

Through donations to our Bee Fund, we have been able to purchase a honey extractor and bee keeping suits. In December 2017, we received a $1,500 from one of our Township residents. With these dollars, we plan to purchase additional suits, as well as retain a professional to work with us on additional “Bee Friendly” education and mailings.

Local Website & Contact Information

For more information about how you can be “bee friendly”, please contact the Charter Township of Ypsilanti at:

www.ytown.org

https://www.facebook.com/YpsilantiTwp

7200 S. Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734/481-0617

Charter Township of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo taking care of one of our hives