State agencies work to feed, support Washington’s bees. About 30,000 bees arriving on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion claimed all the apiary attention April 20th.
But behind the scenes, several other state agencies are working to improve forage for bees, including encouraging native plants to grow along freeways and distributing seed packets to help people grow bee-friendly plants.
Last month, the Legislature passed a measure to help replace noxious weeds, which include pollen-rich plants such as blackberries, with other, noninvasive species that can also nourish bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure into law a few weeks ago.