The Pollinator project
The Friends of Flight 93 Pollinator Project is an environmental and educational initiative that focuses on cross-pollination of native pollinators by honey bees. This transfer of pollen is necessary for healthy and productive native & agricultural ecosystems. The Friends of Flight 93 support eight honey bee hives across two locations at Flight 93 National Memorial. These hives house over 500,000 bees.
Bees play an extremely important role to balancing natural biodiversity. The symbiotic relationship between honey bees and all flowering plants is what balances our ecosystems. Honey bees pollinate one flora in bloom at a time, which makes them super-efficient at ensuring trees, shrubs, flowers, and other wild plants reproduce. In return, the bees gather crucial pollen and nectar to feed and grow their hive. Neither could survive without the other.
Flight 93 National Memorial is a former surface coal mine. The bees will help to restore the memorial grounds and the crash site to its natural state, which is now considered sacred ground and the final resting place of the 40 passenger and crew members. The Pollinator Project will help ensure that the natural habitat and ecosystems of the memorial are environmentally restored and will help create a living memorial landscape that will continue telling the story of Flight 93 for generations to come.
On our local level, the Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation efforts at Flight 93 National Memorial will bee successful due to the fact that the hives are present in helping restore ecosystems through cross-pollination. Since 2012, nearly 130,000 native tree seedlings have been planted by volunteers with the goal of reaching 150,000 seedlings planted by 2021.
Special thanks to Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Powdermill Nature Reserve and our local beekeepers at Summer Smiles Honey Farm for supporting the pollinators at Flight 93 National Memorial.