On April 5, 2022 the New Castle Town Board unanimously voted to commit to pollinator-friendly practices under the Xerces program to sustain bees and other pollinators that are responsible for the reproduction of almost 90% of the world’s flowering plant species! The Town recognizes the importance of bees, monarchs and other pollinating insects as an environmental feature, and acknowledges their endangered status, hoping to involve the community to combat the effects of urbanization, pesticides, and habitat loss.
As a Bee City, New Castle has committed to hosting educational events, expanding pollinator-friendly habitats, and continuing to revise our town-wide policies to reflect pollinator-conscious planning. These goals are described in more detail in the Bee City resolution.
Recognizing that Bees are integral component of our ecosystem, the New Castle Town Board didn’t stop there- On April 26, 2022 the New Castle Town Board took the Monarch Pledge and passed a proclamation in honor of the Monarch Butterflies which called for undertaking a host of activities to protect and expand pollinator habitat. Specific actions can be found in the Monarch Pledge.