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Pollinator Protection Training for Tribes

November 17-19, 2015

Northern Quest Hotel, Spokane, WA

Owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Nominations to attend this training are due on or before September 15, 2015.

Training Goal and Topics: 

The goal of the training is for participants to gain a better understanding of issues affecting pollinator health and learn about actions they can take to protect pollinators on tribal lands. Participants will learn about:

  • pollination of crops/native plants, pollinator forage quality, and honey production;
  • biology of native bees, honey bee hives, and overwintering;
  • bee parasites and pathogens;
  • pesticide risks, mitigation, and labeling requirements;
  • EPA’s proposal to protect bees;
  • approaches to develop Tribal Pollinator Protection Plans; and
  • ways to enhance pollinator habitat and protect pollinator health.

Tribal representatives will discuss what they are doing (or can do) to protect pollinators on tribal lands and ways to develop a Tribal Pollinator Protection Plan. The course will include a day-long field trip to the WSU Honey Bee Health Diagnostic Lab and the Palouse Prairie.

Target Audience:

The training is intended for representatives of federally-recognized tribal governments or tribal consortia who are interested in taking action to protect pollinators in tribal lands or in dependent Indian communities. This course is also intended for tribes or tribal consortia interested in developing a Pollinator Protection Plan in response to the EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Acute Pesticide Risk to Bees.  If the course oversubscribes, preference will be given to representatives of tribes or tribal consortia that have a pesticide cooperative agreement with EPA or to those with the authority to establish tribal rules or agreements to protect pollinators.

Nomination Process:

Attendees must submit a nomination to be considered. Submit your nomination through this link:

Nominations are due on or before September 15, 2015. More than one representative from the federally-recognized tribal government or tribal consortia may apply. All nominations will be considered for selection. Travel and accommodations will be paid for 35 participants. Selected participants must attend in person. This course will not be conducted via webinar or video teleconference.

You will receive an email confirmation from WSU within two business days of submitting your nomination form. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you have any questions, please email or call 509-335-2952.

We look forward to seeing you in November.


Carol Black

Washington State University

PO Box 646382 Pullman,

WA 99164-6382 509-335-2952 (o)