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Honey Bees Apiaries on Public Lands

A presentation at the 2021 University of Oregon 2021 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Scott Black (Xerces Society) describes how honey bee apiaries threaten native bees; Wayne Padgett (Utah Native Plant Society) indicates how the apiaries threaten native plants; Tara Cornelisse (Center for Biological Diversity) explains the role Endangered Species Act may have to play to prevent loss of endangered bee species; and Mary O’Brien (Project Eleven Hundred) describes the effort of these organizations to end the permitting of apiaries via “Categorical Exclusions” by which Forest Service and BLM managers can grant permits to place millions of honey bees on our national lands without any public notice or environmental assessment.