Date(s) - June 25, 2016
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (June 20, 2016) – National Pollinator Week is June 20-26, 2016! It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.


The Wayne National Forest invites the public to a free two-session pollinator workshop. It will be held Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our headquarters building located at 13700 US Hwy 33 between Nelsonville and The Plains.


Amateur and professional photographers are invited to document bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects that are visiting our pollinator garden, which will serve as the backdrop for the event. Many of the plants used to start the garden were rescued from the footprint of the Nelsonville Bypass before construction began.


Through the use of photographs, biologists will be able to identify many of the insects and collect information on what insects are visiting the garden and providing pollination.


Participants will need to bring their cameras and enthusiasm.  Any camera will do be it phone, point and shoot, or DSLR. All who attend are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, including bringing a hat and sunscreen. 


Biologists will be available to discuss the roll and identification of pollinators and the importance of sowing native plants to encourage pollinator activity.


Did you know that three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce? More than 3,500 species of native bees help increase crop yields. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.


Learn more about pollinators by visiting http://pollinator.org/. More Information about this event is available by calling the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District at (740) 753-0101.


More Information about this event is available by calling the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District at (740) 753-0101. Visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow us on Twitter: @waynenationalfsand on Facebook.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.


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