DDOT’s UFA Creates a Positive Buzz
DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is combing the city to preserve or relocate honey bee hives and swarms that are discovered in local public trees, bushes, and gardens. In conjunction with the District Department of Health and local bee keepers, the “UFA Bee Project,” as it is being called, is creating a positive buzz throughout the community.
The District is a regional safe haven for honey bees in part because the city’s public gardens and trees are not allowed to be sprayed with pesticides and insecticides.
Once hives and swarms of bees are found in any public tree, UFA’s urban foresters investigate to see how the community, the tree, and the hive can co-exist. If they can’t, UFA finds ways to relocate the bee hive.
In late July, UFA worked to remove a bee hive near the intersection of 12th Street and Maryland Avenue NE. The hive, which was 30,000 bees strong, was given a new home at the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center in Southwest.
In other cases, UFA relocates bees to local honey-making colonies, such as one located in the Franciscan Monastery.
For more information about UFA, please visit http://www.dc.gov/trees.