In early February 2023, the City of Newport News Department of Engineering installed our New Bee City Affiliate Sign at the 39th Street City entrance from Hampton side.
Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. While bees are the most important pollinator, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, and hummingbirds also contribute to pollination. According to Bee City USA, there have been significant declines in native pollinator population sizes and ranges globally as a result of habitat loss, the use of harmful pesticides, and climate change. As a Bee City USA affiliate, Newport News is working to become more "P-C" (pollinator conscious) and expanding on our pollinator-friendly community, while encouraging residents to follow the four simple steps to bring back pollinators - grow pollinator-friendly flowers, provide nest sites, avoid pesticides and spread the word.
Rebecca Fass with the Huntington Garden Club and Dale Banning with the Hampton Roads Garden Club brought the idea of becoming an affiliate of Bee City USA to the city's attention. The two women will now be serving as co-chairs of the Newport News Bee City Committee, which will focus on habitat development, education, and information. The Newport News Green Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, transform and promote green spaces throughout the city, designated the perfect pollinator spot at Chatham Trail as the site of the first of many Bee City USA signs that will be posted throughout the city.
We appreciate our partners at the Virginia Living Museum for proudly displaying the new Bee City USA sign in front of one of the native plant pollinator gardens. The hive can also be seen above and to the left.
City Council Resolution
On August 9, 2022, City Council Resolution #13556-22 designated The City of Newport News as a Bee City USA Affiliate.