Planting partnership encourages pollinators to thrive

The Madras Pioneer shares the Land Trust's partnerships to improve pollinator habitat.
By Holly Scholz
The Madras Pioneer

 

Crisp falling leaves and cool mornings don't normally make you think of springtime bees and butterflies – but autumn is the perfect time to plant pollinator gardens.

The Deschutes Land Trust Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program leaders are making it happen across Central Oregon.

"We're delivering plants that will provide important nectar and pollen resources, as well as food for caterpillars, in years to come," explained Amanda Egertson, stewardship director with Deschutes Land Trust.

Last week, Egertson and Peter Cooper, a stewardship associate, delivered 850 native plants to four places in Jefferson County. That makes 2,000 free plants dispersed across Central Oregon in recent weeks...