Bees play a vital role in the ecosystem of western Virginia by pollinating a wide variety of plants. This is particularly important for the region’s agricultural systems, which rely on bees to pollinate crops such as apples, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. In addition to helping produce fruits and vegetables, bees also contribute to the overall health and biodiversity of the area by pollinating wildflowers, trees, and other plants.
However, bee populations in western Virginia and across the world are facing significant challenges due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change. This has led to declines in both native and managed bee populations, which can have far-reaching consequences for both the environment and human societies. To help address these challenges, conservation efforts are underway in western Virginia to protect and restore bee habitats, reduce pesticide use, and promote sustainable agricultural practices that support bee populations. By working to protect bees, we can help ensure the continued health and productivity of western Virginia’s ecosystems and agricultural systems.