June 20-26, 2016: Michigan Pollinator Week

WHEREAS, pollinator species such as birds and insects are essential partners of farmers and ranchers in producing much of our food supply; and,

WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the health of our national forests and grasslands, which provide forage, fish and wildlife, timber, water, mineral resources, and recreational opportunities as well as enhanced economic development opportunities for communities; and,

WHEREAS, pollinator species provide significant environmental benefits that are necessary for maintaining healthy, biodiverse ecosystems; and,

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan has managed wildlife habitats and public lands such as Michigan forests and grasslands for decades; and,

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan provides producers with conservation assistance to promote wise conversation stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitats on working lands and wildlands;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim  June 20-26, 2016 Pollinator Week in Michigan.