Habitat Improvement Program
Pollinators are important. In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually. An estimated one in every three foods and beverages are delivered by pollinators. Pollinators ensure full harvests of crops and contribute to healthy plants everywhere.
Due to climate change, urbanization, invasive species, and pesticide use, pollinators of all kinds are in trouble. Their numbers are dwindling because of a loss of habitat. Fortunately, efforts are underway to restore as much pollinator habitat as possible.
Glenn and Gibson Creeks Watershed Council has partnered with the City of Salem Public Works Department to plant pollinator gardens in many Salem parks. In 2019, funds collected from Salem Electric’s Habitat Improvement Program (HIP) provided native plants and seed for the Eola Ridge Park pollinator garden, the Orchard Heights Park pollinator garden, and the Wallace Marine Park rain garden. In West Salem, pollinator gardens are planned for Ellen Lane Park, Wallace Marine Park, West Salem Park, and Brush College Park.
The Wallace Marine Park rain garden serves as a collector and filter for the roof stormwater runoff from the restrooms just south of the garden, and plants in the garden provide a habitat for pollinators. The funds collected through HIP provided resources for the rain garden construction, educational signage, and plant materials.
Salem Electric members who contribute to the Habitat Improvement Program have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped in the effort to bring the pollinators back to areas of West Salem.
Thank you HIP donors!
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Article provided by Linda Bierly