Plumas Pollinators

As part of National Get Outdoors Day on June 19, the Plumas National Forest sponsored a walk through Gansner Park to spot the importance of pollinators and how native plants attract the right insects for each environment.  Forest Deputy Supervisor Laurence Crabtree and Botanist Courtney Rowe hosted the nature hike in conjunction with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Gansner Park Pathway in Plumas County.     

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 Over the years, Deputy Supervisor Crabtree has collected and studied local butterflies and moths while gathering an extensive collection of each.  Crabtree is author and illustrator of the field guide “Discovering the Butterflies of Lassen Volcanic National Park”, (1999); Botanist Rowe was on hand to talk about plants and how they attract the pollinators.

Pollinators have been seen to decline in recent years due to habitat loss, disease and excessive and inappropriate use of pesticides, both for home gardeners and on public lands.  Using native plants help attract the right pollinators to the right area.  These pollinators include wind, water and a variety of wildlife such as bats, butterflies, moths, flies, birds, beetles, ants & bees.

 During the educational walk, over 30 participants of all ages took part in hands-on activities such as using a butterfly net and use of a canvass “beating sheet” to study larvae.  The beating sheet is a large piece of canvass attached to a wooden frame and held under a tree whose branches are then “beaten” to dislodge larvae which falls onto the canvas sheet.  Also shown was a black light trap (used at night to collect moths for study) to emphasize the little known fact that moths also pollinate; their caterpillars are well known to the home gardener as the tobacco and tomato hornworms. 

For more information on pollinators, native plants and the U.S. Forest Service’s commitment see

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