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Careful Handling of Honey Bee Hive

Carol Parr, Region 4 Environmental Manager, wrote the following to John Elshof, LTC Operations I at Evans for Greeley Maintenance Section 1, Region 4:

"John - Please pass on my thanks to Mickey Madalino in regards to the site visit I made today on SH 257. He phoned me in regards to removing a couple of cottonwoods. He told me ahead of time that there was a bee hive in one of the trees. Honestly I don’t think I would have seen it. Since we had an early spring the migratory birds have finished nesting. However, my concern was with the bee hive and what would happen to it. He told me immediately that the tree removal company would be hiring an individual to remove and relocate the hive which can contain between 10,000 and 50,000 honey bees. It is such a pleasure to work with the R4 maintenance personnel. I continue to hear that we have the best relationship with your personnel of all of the regions and I truly believe it."

Madalino is TM-III at Gilcrest for Section 1 Maintenance.

Note - There are urgent considerations regarding honey bees, given the onslaught of colony collapse disorder and perhaps other factors causing a major decrease in populations in the U.S. and worldwide.  The importance of protecting honey bee health and welfare due to their critical pollination role in U.S. agriculture has never been higher; careful and proper handling of any colonies or hives discovered is of extreme importance.

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