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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Virginia Pollinator Week

WHEREAS, pollinator species including birds and insects are significant components of Virginia’s natural heritage resources, providing an essential and irreplaceable pollination process to maintain healthy, bio diverse and resilient natural habitats and communities; and,

WHEREAS, pollination plays a vital role in the ecosystem health of our natural surroundings and habitats, including forests, grasslands, wetlands and riparian areas, which provide sanctuary, clean air, and clean water for Virginia’s wildlife, citizens and visitors; and,

WHEREAS, pollinators help to ensure the stability and vitality of natural ecosystems and are natural resources important to the forestry, agriculture and recreational industries, all contributing to sustainable economic development opportunities for Virginia communities; and,

WHEREAS, pollination is relied upon by Virginia’s farmers and ranchers who do yeoman’s work to produce a fresh and nutritious food supply for our Commonwealth and beyond; and,

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia provides producers with conservation assistance to promote wise resource conservation and responsible stewardship, including the protection and maintenance of pollinators and their habitat on working lands and surrounding natural areas;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize June 20-26, 2022 as VIRGINIA POLLINATOR WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.