The City of High Point is becoming a Bee City USA affiliate – which means the city is joining many other towns and cities across the country that are united in an effort to improve their landscapes for bees and other pollinating creatures – a category that includes hummingbirds, wasps, moths, bats and butterflies.

Earlier this year, the City Council unanimously approved the move and the effort – now in full gear – is being led by the city’s Public Services Department.

Bee City USA is a program that originated from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – a Portland-based nonprofit with offices across the country.

Bee City’s stated mission is “to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitats rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides.”

According to the group, pollinators – such as bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies and hummingbirds – are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 90 percent of the world’s flowering plants. So, what’s good for the pollinators is also good for the natural beauty of a city or town.

Rebecca Coplin, with the City of High Point’s Public Services Department, stated in a press release this week that, during the process of applying for the affiliation, a number of organizations were brought into the discussions including the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and neighboring Bee City USA affiliate Winston-Salem.

The Bee City program calls for doing things like planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials and reducing pesticides that can be harmful to bees and other pollinating creatures.

Bee City USA Coordinator Laura Rost said each town that becomes an affiliate does things their own way.

“How each city completes the steps to conserve pollinators is up to them,” she said.  “To maintain their affiliation, each affiliate is expected to report on their achievements and celebrate being a Bee City USA affiliate every year.”

The cities and towns – and, in some cases, college and other school campuses –  hold public awareness activities, create an oversight committee, post signage and web links pertaining to the program and prepare an annual report on “habitat-enhancement activities.”

Bee City USA especially encourages school gardens and educational programs  meant to teach children and young adults the importance of the pollination chain.

The City of High Point has designated the Keep High Point Beautiful committee as the committee overseeing High Point’s efforts to promote pollinator conservation across the city. The High Point Bee City Committee, which meets quarterly at 1 p.m. at the Piedmont Environmental Center, is inviting all High Point residents to submit their ideas regarding pollinator-friendly initiatives.

For more information on High Point’s Bee City USA program, those interested can contact Coplin by email at or by phone at 336-883-3520.