The Stevens Point City Council will consider relaxing lawn care ordinances for the month of May to promote pollinator habitat. “NO MOW MAY” has been used in communities nationwide to let people grow their lawns to provide food and habitat for pollinators.
There are over 4,000 species of bees in North America, and populations have been affected to the point where 1 in 4 of those species are at risk of extinction. Main reasons for this decline have been attributed to loss of habitat, use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, and climate change.
“We have a strong conservation ethic here in Stevens Point,” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “We have constructed pollinator gardens around the community and have worked to allow honey bees to be kept in the city. This is just one more way people who choose to help can do so.”
The City Council will consider the program at the April meeting. Details of the program are still being worked on, but residents who choose to participate will need to register and agree to terms. Participants will be given a sign to post in their yard, and all lawns must be back in compliance on June 1, 2021 or they will be subject to regular penalties.
“You can just reduce the number of times you mow, not mow at all, or maybe only participate for a shorter time,” continued Mayor Wiza. “Be respectful of the environment, but please be respectful of your neighbors, too.”