Painted Lady sipping nectar from a Rabbitbrush flower

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 & Restoration 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 Plant Conservation & Restoration is working on a number of projects to increase the availability of locally adapted native seed for pollinator preferred plants. This is crucial for effective pollinator habitat restoration so that the plants used for restoration are those that have evolved interdependently with the insects of that area.

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