Natural Crisis: A fight in preserving a place for honey bees

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If you’re a honey bee enthusiast, we have some bad news. Backyard beekeeping in Plymouth Township is under serious threat. The Plymouth Township Council recently proposed a bill to ban backyard beekpeeing on lots of 30,000 square feet or more. This ban would restrict beekeeping on 92 percent of residential properties in Plymouth Township.

The legislation was proposed after neighbors of a backyard beekeeper expressed concerns about being allergic to bee stings. While the ban would affect homesteading efforts in the township, minimizing the honey bee population is predicted to endanger gardens, vegetables, fruits and plants in the area as well.

To stop the council from passing the bill, residents have formed the organization Save Our Garden to raise awareness and gather support. Individuals can help by signing the online petition, donating to the Legal Defense Fund and attending public meetings.

The ordinance is currently in voting process and the next public hearing is scheduled for tonight, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

For more information, and to join the fight in preserving a place for honey bees in Plymouth Township, visit