U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators are essential to our nation’s food supply and to maintaining healthy, productive wildlands.
The BLM's Plant Conservation Program recognizes managing for pollinators and other non-pollinating insects is an important aspect of protecting and managing rare plants and natural plant communities. Because plants and insects can be interdependent, many times, conservation of one species cannot happen without consideration of the other.
The BLM takes the needs of pollinators into consideration when authorizing or performing land use activities on the public lands.
Increasingly, specialist pollinators and insects are becoming the focus of BLM conservation activities and are being added to BLM special status species lists. This page contains a few of the many examples of plant-insect interactions that the BLM manages.
The Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly (Euphilotes pallescens arenamontana) is a BLM Nevada special status butterfly species. These butterflies are known for their almost complete dependence upon Kearney buckwheat (Eriogonum nummulare), eating the fallen leaves of the plant as larvae, and feeding on the nectar of the flowers as adults. In addition the Sand Mountain Blue has a close relationship with ants. Desert carpenter ants feed off a sugary secretion produced by the larvae. Over the past 10 years, the population of Kearney buckwheat in the Sand Mountain area has declined due to recreational use. Changes in BLM management of the area have stabilized populations while balancing multiple use of the area.
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
The BLM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pollinator Partnership, which is the non-profit administrator for a collaboration known as the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC). Through NAPPC, more than 100 private, government, university and non-profit organizations are working together to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America.
Podcast: Carol Spurrier, BLM range ecologist, and Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, are featured in the BLM podcast, Managing Microfauna: Pollinators on Public Lands. Listen to what the BLM is doing to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and the need to protect them and their habitats.