EUGENE, Ore. -- Plans to make Eugene a certified "Bee City USA" are moving forward.
Area pollinator groups including Beyond Toxics have been working on the resolution with Eugene Parks and Open Spaces and Eugene's legal team. The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators.
The ten pesticide-free parks in Eugene are:
- Awbrey Park
- Berkeley Park
- Brewer Park
- Friendly Park
- Gilbert Park
- Milton Park
- Rosetta Park
- Scobert Gardens Park
- Shadow Wood Park
- Washington Park
One commitment is pesticide-free maintenance as well as pesticide-free design. Currently, the City of Eugene has 10 pesticide-free neighborhood parks located throughout the city's park system.
According to statistics from Bee City USA, one in three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination and 90% of the world's wild plants depend on pollinators to reproduce.
KEZI 9 News has learned the Bee City USA resolution has been written and approved by the city's legal team. The next step is for Councilman Mike Clark, the sponsor of the resolution, to introduce it during a city council meeting for an official vote.
To date, 70 cites are Bee City USA certified and that includes five cities in Oregon -- Ashland, Gold Hill, Phoenix, Talent and Wilsonville.