Local organization Bee City, USA now expands to over 26 Cities in 15 States

On June 26th, 2012, Asheville, North Carolina, became the inaugural Bee City USA affiliate in America. Bee City USA continues to grow and now there are 26 Bee Cities in 15 states; including Ann Arbor MI, Seattle, WA, and Washington D.C
By: Asheville Signarama
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Aug. 9, 2016 - PRLog -- Bee City USA® started in 2012 when Phyllis Stiles decided she wanted to make a difference for bees. Bee populations around the world are in immediate danger due to a variety of issues from pesticide exposure and loss of natural habitats, to name just two. Indeed, Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, says that today, only 5% of America's land mass can be considered "natural" wildlife habitat. Sustaining pollinators has become Stiles' mission. She started as a beekeeper around 2009, thanks to her husband's endeavor in bee keeping and conservation. Despite her bad reaction to bee stings, her passion for beekeeping has remained. When asked why she felt so passionate about the bees, Stiles simply replied, "The bees had me at hello."

Learning more about why honey bee colonies started dying in 2007, later dubbed "Colony Collapse Disorder," beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike became very concerned.  Understanding that one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination, Stiles was one of these very concerned beekeepers. Equally important, three-quarters of all plant species rely on pollinators for the survival of their species.

While less is known about America's 4000 native bees and other pollinators, we do know that entire species are disappearing at alarming rates as they battle most of the same enemies as honey bees--loss of habitat essential for food and shelter, inappropriate pesticide use, diseases, and parasites. To help in the fight to preserve our environment and the pollinators who are a vital component not only in the environment but also in our food chain, Stiles conceived Bee City USA, as a set of commitments incorporated communities voluntarily make to ensure their pollinators are kept safe and their ongoing preservation is a priority.

On June 26th, 2012, Asheville, North Carolina, became the inaugural Bee City USA affiliate in America. Bee City USA continues to grow and now there are 26 Bee Cities in 15 states; including Ann Arbor MI, Seattle, WA, and Washington D.C.  Bee City USA promotes pollinator consciousness at the same priority level as clean water, road conditions, and recycling, etc.

So the question posed from all of this is, how do we let people know about how important pollinators are to our planet's resilience and what each of can do to help them? Recognizing that busy people respond to signs and visual imagery, Bee City USA needs lots of high quality, attractive printed products and signs.  Says Stiles, "We needed to work with a company that would support our vision and growth every step of the way.  Working with Arlene & Ed Sullivan is wonderful. They have become our official Bee City USA signage and print company.  They help us maintain our brand identity and can handle all of our volume needs.  Their service and quality is great.  They guarantee that we will be happy with the products they develop and have proven this time and again. They're an absolute delight to work with."

About Bee City, USA

Bee City USA certification is both an honor and a responsibility. The program encourages city and county leaders across the nation to explore joining the Bee City USA movement by completing the application process and adopting the resolution. As communities across America become attuned to the universe of creatures that make the planet bloom and fruit, we will become more conscientious about what we plant and how we maintain our green spaces. There is much we can teach one another--both city to city and species to species. For more information please visit www.beecityusa.org

About Asheville Signarama

Asheville Signarama is Western North Carolina's full service sign company. Asheville Signarama is an independent, locally owned company which has quickly risen to the forefront of WNC's sign needs. With over a century of experience in sign design, marketing expertise, manufacturing and installation. Asheville Signarma can tackle even the most difficult and challenging projects with spell binding results. "Our goal is to provide unparalleled service and expertise to our clients."

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