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New Pollinator Resolution - Press Release

 

SALEM, MA - JUNE 21, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Pollinator Resolution signed between Rotary District 7930 and the Essex
National Heritage Area on Tuesday, June 21 during National Pollinator Week
Rotary District 7930 and the Essex National Heritage Area have signed a
Pollinator Resolution in joint support of helping to reduce pollinator loss.
In addition, the Salem Rotary Club and Marblehead Rotary Club have also
co-signed the agreement on behalf of Rotary.
“Pollinator loss is a global environmental issue,” says Alexander Falk,
Operation Pollination Ambassador and District Governor 2022-23 for Rotary
District 7930. “It’s a global problem, as pollinators have declined by
more than 45% worldwide in the past 50 years and are responsible for the
reproductive success of more than 85% of the world's plants.”
Rotary District 7930 Governor 2021-22, Terry Rezendes Curran, agrees.
"Rotary’s 1.2 million members are all about helping make the world a better
place for our children and their children. By engaging Rotary’s Pollinator
movement known as Operation Pollination, District 7930 is doing its part to
help solve a global environmental crisis. We’re grateful for the critical
partnership and cooperation of the Essex National Heritage Area in helping us
move this important initiative forward in the Northeastern Massachusetts
area, and we are excited that two local Rotary Clubs – Salem and Marblehead
– have already signed on.”
“We are very pleased to team up with Rotary on this important endeavor, “
said Annie Harris, CEO of Essex Heritage, “Natural resource conservation
and environmental education are important to our mission which is to preserve
and enhance the heritage assets of Essex County, MA. Pollinators, such as
bees, butterflies, and bats, are critically important for healthy food, a
clean environment, and a strong economy. In recent years, the number of
pollinators has declined precipitously.”
The National Park Service has joined this effort by helping to build
collaborative partnerships between Rotarians and National Heritage Areas
leaders across our nation. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site provided
the venue for this signing ceremony on the steps of the Custom House.
Ms. Harris pointed out that Salem Maritime’s Colonial Revival Garden behind
the historic Derby House provides an excellent example of a pollinator
friendly environment, and she invited everyone to attend the garden talk and
walk this Saturday, June 25 from 10:00AM-NOON with Anna Spencer, NPS
Facilitator and Grounds Supervisor.   This event is part of a series of
activities planned by Essex Heritage for National Pollinator Week from June
20-26.
To learn more about Operation Pollination: https://operationpollination.net/
   and   https://esrag.org/pollinators/
To learn more about Pollinator Week Programs in the Essex National Heritage
Area:
https://essexheritage.org/event/pollinators/
Photos from today’s signing event:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WrmR4vf8PbcDoVtb9
Media Contacts:
Alexander Falk                                       Annie Harris, CEO
District Governor 2022-23                            Essex National Heritage Area
Rotary District 7930                                 Salem, MA
978-816-1611                                         978-740-0444
al+7930@falk.us                                      annieh@essexheritage.org

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