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Minnesota program will pay homeowners to transform lawns into bee gardens as species inches closer to extinction

Minnesota program will pay homeowners to transform lawns into bee gardens as species inches closer to extinction
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Minnesota lawmakers have greenlighted a new program to pay homeowners in the state to transform their lawns into bee gardens in efforts to counter the declining bee population. 

According the Star Tribune, the program was included in part of a spending plan that was recently passed by the state Legislature and now heads to Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzMinnesota governor says politicization of mask wearing 'one of the worst things that's happened to this country' Minnesota takes joy in beating New York for last House seat Sharpton eulogizes Daunte Wright: 'Tags of racism' have expired MORE (D) for his signature. 

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Under the proposed plan, the state would reportedly allocate $900,000 annually to support homeowners interested in making their lawns more attractive to bees, specifically the rusty patched bumble bee, which is indigenous to North America and is labeled an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. 

As part of the effort, homeowners who wish to participate in the program would have bee-friendly plants like wildflowers, clover grasses and other plants native to their local regions planted in their yards.

The program would cover up to 75 percent of expenses for homeowners to transform their lawns. According to the newspaper, those who live in the areas that have been identified as “high potential” for the rusty patched bumble bee could see up to 90 percent of their costs covered.

State Rep. Kelly Morrison (D), who introduced the measure, told the paper that she has “gotten a ton of e-mails and so much feedback from people who are interested” in the program.

“People are really thinking about how they can help,” she added.