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KATU: Hives help Portland State improve its urban ecosystem
Author: MATT JOHNSON, KATU
Posted: June 16, 2016

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of honeybees are moving onto the Portland State University campus as the college looks to better the local ecosystem and make the area friendly to pollinators.

The Student Sustainability Center put in two new hives near a community garden at the edge of campus.

"They are buzzing with life and social interactions, and provide great opportunities for education," said senior biology major and now lead beekeeper Stefanie Steele. "We have one hive super-strong and the other trying to keep up pace."

The efforts to better bee-relations landed PSU a spot in the ranks of Bee Campus USA. They are the 10th campus in the nation to receive the nomination.

Bee Campus USA director Phyllis Stiles said it is because of their commitment to raising awareness of the struggles that bees face, and by minimizing the use of harmful pesticides.

"Imperiled pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of three-fourths of the world's plant and tree species," said Stiles. "PSU is a stellar example of the influence educational institutions can have on their students and larger communities."

The school said it is working closely with PSU facilities to make sure both the bees, and the PSU community are safe.