Washington, DC – 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) has been hard at work the last year promoting and protecting pollinators in the District. We had the opportunity to work on restoring meadows, give talks to a diverse group of people, take part in an art exhibit, and give out thousands of pollinator seed packets to commuters.

“Seeds of State” Earth Day pollinator plant seed giveaway. For the second year, DOEE gave out thousands of packets of native pollinator plant seeds. This year the seeds were red eastern columbine and white calico aster to represent the colors of the DC flag and the quest for DC statehood. Seed packets were distributed at 17 Metro stations in the District during the morning commute. The Mayor and DOEE employees were on hand to promote statehood and pollinators. https://mayor.dc.gov/release/mayor-bowser-hands-out-statehood-themed-pollinator-plant-seeds-recognition-earth-day

Kingman Island is a small undeveloped island in the Anacostia River that is home to a population of Virginia mallow (Sida hermaphrodita) a state endangered plant in Maryland. For the past few years DOEE in conjunction with the Anacostia Watershed Society and Living Classrooms has lead invasive plant removal on the island that is approximately 80% invasive bush honeysuckle. Through this continued effort the area that the Virginia mallow is found in has been turned back into a meadow and the population of endangered plants has been able to grow.

Policies & Practices

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Education & Outreach

In honor of National Pollinator Week, DOEE hosted a pollinator event in the lobby of the headquarters building. The president of the DC Beekeepers Alliance came with a demonstration hive and DOEE gave out “Seeds of State” and information about creating pollinator habitat in residential yards with the assistance of the River Smart Home program. In addition DOEE once again joined the USDA National Pollinator Week festivities on the National Mall.

Rooting DC in annual free forum where people interested in gardening and food production gather to share skills through presentations and workshops throughout the day. DOEE was happy to once again take part in this event by presenting at an afternoon session about gardening for pollinators as well as giving away pollinator seed packets. rootingdc.org

DOEE was honored to help the American Institute of Architects DC with their “Bees in the City” exhibit by providing information on urban beekeeping and native pollinators in the District.

https://www.aiadc.com/event/exhibition-opening-reception-%E2%80%93-bees-city-pollinator-friendly-garden

Local Website & Contact Information

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