Public forum scheduled to address pollinator problem

Public forum scheduled to address pollinator problem

LAWTON, Okla._The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will be holding a public meeting in Lawton to discuss plans to protect animals and insects important to local crops.

The meeting is scheduled for September 2 at the Great Plains Technology Center, building 600, at 1:00 p.m. It's part of a series of talks that hopes to find a way to protect butterflies, bees, bats and other animals that help pollinate local flowers, trees and crops.

Officials say declining bee populations are a serious problem that may be linked to the chemicals in certain pesticides. Domestic honey bees pollinate approximately $10 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year. Officials say they hope to have their plan finalized by the spring 2016.

You can read the draft proposal here.