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Sharing Pollinator Pathway Success Stories, part 4

For the final part of our Sharing Pollinator Pathway Success Stories series, we bring you Barb Rumer from Eastern Oregon. At 4000’ elevation and with very low annual rainfall,  Eastern Oregon is considered "high desert." 

Leader Barb Rumer calls the Pollinator Pathway “a brilliant program that the City of Bend adopted with great success.” According to Barb, at the outset the urgency in Bend was not to immediately form an organization, but to put plants in the ground as fast as possible.  The group was able to partner with the City of Bend Water Conservation Department as well as the Bend Parks and Recreation District to plant six different demonstration gardens in public locations. 

 The Bend Pathway then successfully pursued grants to save time fundraising and eventually became a non-profit as an expediency, again, to get plants in the ground. Their story is a familiar one--success came from partnering with others. But, according to Barb, instrumental was the Pollinator Pathway’s grant information, brochures, and logo. 

For more about the Eastern Oregon Pathway, check out their website HERE.

To listen to the full webinar recording, click HERE. If you want to tune into Barbs’s~10 minute section, start at 35:51 

Photo: Nestled along the northeast edge of Al Moody park, this pollinator habitat is located near the picnic shelter in a triangle "island" marked with a large boulder. Look for the mass of yarrow!

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