NAPPC's mission is to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America. NAPPC partners gather from throughout the North American continent and beyond to:
Raise public awareness and education and promote constructive dialogue about pollinators’ importance to agriculture, ecosystem health, and food supplies;
Encourage collaborative, working partnerships among participants and with federal, state and local government entities and strengthening the network of associated organizations working on behalf of pollinators;
Promote conservation, protection and restoration of pollinator habitat;
Document and support scientific, economic and policy research - creating the first-ever, international data bank (library) of pollinator information.
Since 1999, NAPPC has grown from an idea by Gabriela Chavarria, Ph.D., and philanthropist-beekeeper, Paul Growald, to an international force driving interest in the vital role and fragile status of native and managed pollinators; species responsible for one-third of our food.
Here are some NAPPC accomplishment highlights:
A NAPPC Task Force worked for four years on the creation of a National Academy of Sciences NRC panel, which issued the first, scientific based report demonstrating major pollinator decline in North America in 2006, The Status of Pollinators.
A NAPPC Task Force successfully petitioned for a four-stamp 2007 US Postal Stamp series illustrating pollinators in action.
NAPPC parent organization, the Pollinator Partnership, has signed 11 major working pollinator-protection agreements with federal government agencies responsible for more than 1.5 billion acres of federally managed-influenced land.
NAPPC partners created input and the Pollinator Partnership delivered ideas to ensure that the 2008 Farm Bill included pollinator programs in conservation and research titles.
NAPPC partners have worked with the USDA Sec. of Agriculture and with the US Senate to create of National Pollinator Week at both federal and state levels.
A NAPPC Task Force has awarded research grants to cover more than seven aspects of health for the crisis-threatened honey bee.
NAPPC and the Pollinator Partnership have developed 31 web-based eco-regional planting guides for all regions of the U.S. to prepare the way for healthy pollinator-friendly landscapes across millions of farms, homes, schools, parks and corporate landscapes.
NAPPC Steering Committee Members
Chair - David Inouye, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Vice Chair Mexico - Coro Arizmendi, Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Vice Chair U.S. - Larry Stritch, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service
Vice Chair Canada - Peter Kevan, Ph.D., NSERC-CANPOLIN
Secretary - Kim Winter, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service
NAPPC Executive Director - Laurie Davies Adams, Pollinator Partnership
Zac Browning, Browning Honey Co. Inc.
Wendy Caldwell, Monarch Joint Venture
Howard Ginsberg, Ph.D., USGS-University of Rhode Island
Terry Griswold, Ph.D., USDA-ARS Bee Biology & Systematics
Steve Hilburger, USGS - Wildlife Program
Doug Holy, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Gary Krupnick, Ph.D., Smithsonian Institution
Ray McAllister, CropLife America
Rob Mies, Organization for Bat Conservation
Elizabeth Sellers, USGS – Core Science Systems
Chip Taylor, Ph.D., University of Kansas/Monarch Watch