Pollinators are vital to wildlife and ecosystem health. As the largest landowners of public lands in most jurisdictions, park and recreation departments may be one of the most important stewards of natural resources and protectors of biodiversity in the nation.
Additionally, pollinator health plays an extraordinary role in economic importance to American agriculture. The pollinating services of bees and other insects are valued at $24 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
- Ninety-four percent of all Americans agree that promoting pollinator health should be made a conservation priority in the United States
- Baby boomers and Gen Xers feel strongest about protecting pollinators (96 percent and 95 percent respectively)
- Americans in the western and northeastern regions of the United States show the highest support of pollinator conservation efforts (96 percent and 95 percent respectively)