In 2021 the TPPC established a new pollinator protection workgroup.
Membership: open to any tribe working on developing a tribal pollinator protection plan. Other government agencies, researchers, and experts are invited to participate.
Purpose: to serve as a support network for tribes working to take actions to protect pollinators; to develop guidelines or a template for a tribal pollinator protection plan; and to raise the visibility of the challenges tribes face as they work to protect pollinators.
Format: monthly conference calls.
Organization: the group has three co-chairs and will publish meeting minutes on the website. Workgroup meetings will focus on learning about ways tribes can: enhance pollinator habitats, grow more native pollinator-attractive plants, develop tribal pollinator protection plans, identify native pollinators, enhance youth education around pollinators, assess their land resources relative to pollinator habitat, and more. Guest speakers will include pollinator experts from around the country including tribes sharing experiences and successes.
Activities: monitor the experience of each tribe as they work to develop pollinator protection plans. Document the lessons learned. Develop a clearinghouse of tribal pollinator protection resources for tribes.