The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund has expanded opportunities to create NextGen Habitat Projects!
The new Seed A Legacy Pollinator Habitat Program is available for private, public and corporate lands in a 12-state region of the country that is critical to pollinator health and habitat needs. Applications are accepted year-round.
The Seed A Legacy program makes it easy for the owners and managers private, public and corporate lands to create pollinator projects that make a difference. The program works to establish pollinator projects following our NextGen Habitat Project designs that are documented to provide increased pollinator benefits over other pollinator conservation programs. Each project has two separate plantings: one for monarch butterflies and one for honey bees.
Program guidelines have been developed for each state that will provide a detailed summary of the program requirements and application ranking factors. We encourage all applicants to review and consider the program guidelines prior to submitting a Seed A Legacy program application.
The program delivers habitat in the following manner:
Each application is reviewed, scored and ranked based on key criteria to ensure the most impactful projects are enrolled. Factors influencing selection include project size, previous cropping history, proximity to an existing or known apiary, current site condition, the surrounding landscape to the proposed project, and others.
There are no requirements for allowing the public access to lands that are enrolled in the program. All rights and decisions regarding access to the land continue to remain with the landowner.
Enrolled acres are open to haying, shredding, mowing and grazing activities except for the dates of April 1 to September 30 of each year of the contract. This requirement ensures that the pollinator benefit of the project is available at the most critical times of the year.
Pollinator habitat seed mixtures will be provided to landowners enrolled in the Seed A Legacy program. Seed mixtures have been designed for your location to meet specific habitat and nutritional requirements that ensure maximum benefits are being obtained.
All seed orders will be delivered directly to landowners, with the fluffy seed separated from the small, slick seeds. This seed mixing combination is designed for projects that will be planted using a no-till grass drill with multiple seedboxes.
The first step in the enrollment process is to complete the Seed A Legacy program application form. Make sure to read and consider the complete Program Guidelines here. You can apply online, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
For more information and to talk to a biologist, call 1-800-407-5337.
“The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is the bees’ buzz! The effort is integrating the very best performing habitat solutions where they are most needed, by bringing landowners and beekeepers together in a program where everyone benefits. It’s our goal to make every available acre the best it can be. It’s truly amazing just how much difference an acre can make when the habitat is engineered for maximum productivity!”
“This project is a unique conservation effort, targeting acres in regions where conversion to soy and corn is happening very fast. By identifying places where habitat makes the most sense, the bottom line improves for the grower, the beekeeper, the monarch, upland songbirds and game birds, honey bees and native pollinators – it’s a program that can’t lose!”
"The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is unique in that it has found the way to plant cost-effective pollinator habitat that establishes quickly and provides great pollinator benefits. It's the trifecta of getting great pollinator benefits onto the landscape. If we try to solve the critical problems for pollinators using the same tools and methods we have used for the last decade, we won’t be successful. The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund brings new strategies, methods and partners together to save monarch butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators, not to mention the nation’s food supply and beautiful landscapes."