R 269
2018 -- H 8248
Enacted 05/29/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Carson, Canario, Donovan, Casimiro, and Fogarty
Date Introduced: May 29, 2018

     WHEREAS, Pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies move
pollen from one flower to another and are vital to agriculture production; and
     WHEREAS, Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States,
adding billions of dollars in value to agricultural crops each year. Pollinators help pollinate over
75 percent of our flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of all our crops, and are vital to keeping
fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our daily diets; and
     WHEREAS, Pollinator losses over the past few decades require careful study and
attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, to avoid additional
economic impact on the agricultural sector, and to protect environmental health; and
     WHEREAS, It is critically important to expand federal efforts and to take new steps,
including development of new public-private partnerships and increased citizen engagement, to
encourage the protection of pollinators, to increase the quality and amount of pollinator habitat
and forage, to reverse pollinator losses, and to help restore pollinator populations to healthy
levels; and
     WHEREAS, The declining populations of pollinators, especially bumble bees and honey
bees, are a concern for Rhode Island's farmers and agriculture industry which supports 1,243
farms and contributes $59.6 million per year to our economy; and
     WHEREAS, The important function of pollinators extends beyond agriculture and
includes related plant-based industries such as landscaping, floriculture, and golf courses; and
     WHEREAS, Eleven years ago, the United States Senate unanimously designated a week
in June as "National Pollinator Week" to highlight the need to address the issue of declining
pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration that
recognizes the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles;
     WHEREAS, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States
Department of the Interior have declared June 18-24, 2018, as National Pollinator Week; now,
therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby recognizes the vital significance of protecting pollinator health and
therefore recognizes the week of June 18-24, 2018, as "National Pollinator Week" in the State of
Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Ms. Janet Coit, Director, Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management.