The Science

Painstaking field research over recent decades has produced a large body of evidence that honey bee hives adversely impact native bees.

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Industrial honeybee operations are threatening pollinators on our public lands.

2021

Deformed Wing Virus on Honey bee

Photographer Klaas de Gelder

Why Honey Bee Apiaries Should Never Be Permitted on National Public Lands

The basics of the key threats posed to native bees by commercial bee hives.

2019

A readable, at times humorous, account of the threats honey bee apiaries pose to native bees.

2020

Franklin’s Bumble bee is critically endangered

Photographer Pete Schroeder

An assessment of why neither feasible nor effective protection can be provided for native bees once honey bee hives are placed among them.

2020

Do Honey Bee Apiaries Ever Have Positive Impacts on Native Bees?

A review of 88 field studies finds no evidence of any benefits to native bees from honey bees, and benefits to only a few plant species.

2020

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End Categorical Exclusions for Apiaries on Public Land

A Categorical Exclusion is a loophole that allows the US Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service to grant apiary permit requests without assessing impacts to native bees or plants and without notifying the public of the request – both of which otherwise would be required by National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. Categorical Exclusions are granted for permitting or undertaking activities that would not be expected to have any significant environmental impacts. The following two petitions, to the Department of Agriculture, and Department of Interior, request that those agencies end their current use of Categorical Exclusion to avoid review of apiary placement on public lands. Each petition contains valuable scientific research on the risks posed to native bee populations.