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What is the Pollinator Initiative?

Lake County Conservation District wants to attract more beneficial pollinators to our county, but we need your help. You can participate in the pollinator initiative and receive FREE SEED for plots of up to 2,500 square feet! 

We have designed a pollinator-friendly seed mixes complete with beautiful flower species specifically for YOUR County and now we need you to help us plant it! We will help you with preparation of your garden plot, planting the seeds, and provide the seed for FREE! Seed will be provided for plots of up to 2,500 square feet.  Site preparation is required prior to planting with an expectation that the pollinator garden will be managed and tended to over time.  Our staff will assist you by providing expertise for site selection and planting.  Whether you are a backyard enthusiast or a large-scale agricultural producer, we’d love to work with you to improve pollinator habitat on your property.

Why plant flowers that are beneficial to insects in your backyard? What has been the decline in pollinator species in general?  In Montana?

Pollinators live in a wide variety of habitats and use a wide variety of pollen sources. With less and less habitat pollinators are declining, this is why it is important to have a variety of plants that pollinators will use in your own back yard. Pollinator gardens are a great way to increase native pollinators and beneficial insects. This mix contains plants with varying blooming times to provide a food source for pollinators all season long. Flowers of all different shapes, sizes, and colors are included in the mix to attract a variety of different beneficial insects. Some of the insects that are attracted to pollinator gardens include bees, butterflies, and moths. These insects are responsible for pollinating the fruits, vegetables, and nuts that we eat. Did you know we can thank pollinators for one out of three bites of food we take? Give us a call and help create more pollinator habitat today!

Learn more about the history of the Lake County Conservation Districts Pollinator Initiative.

Already have a plot? Help us monitor your plot with our DIY monitoring sheet. Dowload the sheet and send it into LCCD!

How do I get seed?

There are only a few steps to get your free seed!

  1. Fill out our planting release form. You can visit the Lake County Conservation District to fill out the form, or fill out the plan relaease form online.
  2. Choose what seed mix is right for your needs.
    • We offer five different seed mixes that can cater to your needs. Check out our Seed Mix Library or (coming soon) take the quiz to find out what kind of seed mix is right for you!
  3. Site preparation to control weed and grass competition before planting is required.
    • Find some tips below on how to properly prepare your site or contact LCCD for assistance.

Check Out Local Pollinator Plots using LCCD's Seed Mixes!

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