Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
Bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators are essential to our nation’s food supply and to maintaining healthy, productive wildlands.
The BLM's Plant Conservation Program recognizes managing for pollinators and other non-pollinating insects is an important aspect of protecting and managing rare plants and natural plant communities. Because plants and insects can be interdependent, many times, conservation of one species cannot happen without consideration of the other.
The BLM takes the needs of pollinators into consideration when authorizing or performing land use activities on the public lands.
Increasingly, specialist pollinators and insects are becoming the focus of BLM conservation activities and are being added to BLM special status species lists. This page contains a few of the many examples of plant-insect interactions that the BLM manages.
Photo by S. Damon, ACE/BLM.