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MSU renews Bee Campus status

Bee City USA has renewed Morehead State University’s certification as a Bee Campus for 2019 following a rigorous renewal application process.  

MSU’s Earthwise Eagles spearheaded the recertification process, reiterating its commitment to engage the campus in promoting pollinator friendliness. 

Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Insurance Holly Niehoff, who is chair of the Earthwise Eagles campus sustainability committee, said MSU seeks to use the program to educate people about the importance of bees to the ecosystem. 

“Our goal is to bring awareness, educate and engage the campus community in pollinator friendly practices that help support our local pollinators, which are vitally important to a healthy ecosystem for everyone” Niehoff said. “Our pollinator protection plan is one way that we seek to set an example and model good practices in our operations. 

“The Earthwise Eagles invites all members of Morehead State University and our community to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people involved; the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.” 

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the largest pollinator protection organization in the world. The Bee Campus USA certification program galvanizes campuses and communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with a healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free or nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like wild bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, bats, hummingbirds and others are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 90 percent of the world's wild flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.  

To see Morehead State University’s annual report as well as other Bee City USA affiliates’ annual reports visit  

For more information about Bee City USA, visit

To learn more about the Xerces Society, visit 

For four simple ways to help pollinators, visit 

Learn more about the MSU Bee Campus USA program by contacting Niehoff at 606-783-2179, email or visiting