Greif commits to managing its lands for wildlife through the application of pollinator friendly practices. These activities include reducing the amount of herbicides used to prepare a site for planting, increasing fertilization treatments and eliminating excessive mowing. The study will examine which practices and methods yield the best results for environmental infrastructure improvements, especially as they relate to pollinator reproduction and habitats. The project will be divided into three phases:
Phase 1: Analysis and Methodology Development (2009) Phase I will include site visits and follow-up reports to determine and plan the implemented practices for managing lands for wildlife through the application of pollinator friendly practices. Phase one will include site selection, resource requirements, monitoring intervals and measurement and reporting methods and criteria.
Phase 2: Monitoring and Assessment (2010-2011)
The project will use scale colonies (i.e. honey bee colonies on mechanical platform scales) weighed at weekly intervals to monitor control (not modified) and experimental wildlife study plots (e.g. roadways or plots planted with wildflower seed mixes). These plots will be separated by at least 5 miles, outside of the flight range of introduced honey bee colonies.
Phase 3: Sharing results and scaling the finding to other land holdings (2012)
After several seasons, collected data will be used as a model to expand to other lands in the USA. Further, such studies using pilot test plots, will be shared via appropriate means to inform land managers how to best leverage pollinator friendly land management practices to the benefit of all involved.
Greif will share the results through our wildlife consulting business, wildlife conferences (Quality Deer Management Association meetings, Southeaster Deer Study Group, etc).
Declines in the health and population of pollinators in North America pose what could be a significant threat to the integrity of biodiversity, to global food webs and to human health. A number of pollinator species are at risk.
At least 80 percent of our world's crop plant species require pollination. Estimates as high as one out of every third bite of food comes to us through the work of animal pollinators. Birds, bees, butterflies, and also bats, and beetles are among the myriad creatures which transfer pollen between seed plants. This function is vital for plant reproduction and food production.
This project seeks to generate the research necessary to support the development of infrastructure that improves the pollinator habitat and results in improved plant reproduction and food production.
Greif owns and manages approximately 268,000 acres of timberland in the United States specifically in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Greif's timber company is Soterra and its mission is to be the premier land management company. The company's primary objective is to obtain the highest value for our land while following the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative?. Soterra's work with the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC will provide the research necessary to develop land management practices that benefit all parties.
Greif's partners, the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC, are the world's foremost experts in pollination issues and a strong partnership with them means a solid and scientifically credible team to strengthen our chance for successful, actionable, and scalable results.
SEEKING: implementing partners, best practice information.
OFFERING: implementing partners, best practice information.