Puyallup was the second city in the state of Washington to receive an official "Bee City" designation from Bee City USA, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable habitats for pollinators such as native bees and honey bees.
Crops in the Puyallup Valley such as berries, pumpkins, tomatoes and apples are produced in part with the natural pollination activity of bees. By receiving a Bee City designation, Puyallup will help further a healthy and vibrant ecosystem and food supply system, which in turn will benefit our local and regional economies.
The purpose of becoming a Bee City is to support and encourage bee-friendly habitat creation and enhancement on both public and private properties. More bee-friendly habitat means more bees, and more bees mean more berries (and other sweet and good things).
Read more about Puyallup's designation as a Bee City here. Please direct any questions or comments to Erica Unruh, Community Relations Coordinator: EUnruh@puyallupwa.gov
Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to help determine the regional populations of the nearly 30 species of bees in the Pacific Northwest. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate--find out more here.