Are you familiar with Smart Regs? If so, I am sure you aware that the deadline for compliance is quite near. For older properties, compliance can be difficult and there is a strong possibility that many will fall short due to complexities of those particular properties. What are your suggestions on how to make this a win-win for both the city and the property owner?
The City’s measures to protect pollinators – stopping the use of neonicotinoids, urging others to do that, and sponsoring education programs and celebrations of pollinators in collaboration with nonprofit organizations and CU – all need to be continued. By encouraging the efforts of organic landscaping and lawn care companies and providing incentives for additional companies to follow their lead, the city could make another great leap in protecting pollinators. Also, by advancing the use of native species of wildflowers and grasses throughout the city, as OSMP and the Native Plant Society have been doing, hundreds of native pollinators will regain habitat. All city properties and new developments should be demonstration landscapes with pollinator-friendly plantings and practices.