April 22, 2020
Wild pollination systems are being degraded rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. We will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators on a range of land use scenarios, including farms, conservation properties, towns and schools. We'll break down the science behind native plant as well as crop pollination, and explore the crucial role that native pollinators play in biodiversity, ecosystem health, climate resiliency and food security.
Evan Abramson is a Pollination Systems Designer + Planner at Landscape Interactions. Drawing on his diverse experience as a regional planner, landscape designer, farmer, community organizer, documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, he designs landscapes and regional corridors that build biodiversity and strengthen ecological resilience to a changing climate at the ecosystems level, through the (re)creation of native pollination systems and individual pollinator-plant interactions. A former Land Use + Natural Resources Planner at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Evan designed a climate resiliency plan for the Deerfield River Watershed, the first of its kind in the State of Massachusetts. His environmental documentaries have garnered dozens of festival awards, and influenced policy makers across the globe. He holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, and is co-author of the Great Barrington Pollinator Action Plan.