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Allentown Municipal Golf Club Extends Environmental Stewardship Through Operation Pollinator

The Greens Department will begin the establishment of addidtional native wild flower plots between holes 7 and 16 following the success of the wildflower grow in along the 15th green. We aim to increase the asthetic appeal of the course and provide a great golfing experience to all our players.  Operation Pollinator is an extension of our course’s environmental initiative and the value we place on ecological care in course management.

Operation Pollinator was created after more than 10 years of research on the benefits of establishing pollinator habitats in North America and Europe. It provides golf course managers guidance from experts to create native wildlife habitats, which are essential to preserve and enhance pollinator populations.

Recent trends have shown a decline in bee populations, which are essential for plant pollination and the global food supply. In 1970, there were about 4 million honey bee colonies in the U.S. In 2012, there were approximately 2.5 million colonies, according to the Bee Informed Partnership. * The wildflower seed mix used to establish the habitat was custom blended for our golf course to attract different bee species, a vast array of butterflies and other positive pollinators.