Eau Claire considering allowing beekeeping in some public parks

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- If you ever wanted to have a beehive but never had the space for it, good news, you could soon use a public park to do it.

Eau Claire City Council is considering making changes to its Keeping of Honey Bees Ordinance.

CVTC Dean of Agriculture Energy and Transportation Adam Wehling said these changes will give more guidance to those who want to start a beehive.

Wehling said it’s also an opportunity for bees to be kept on public places like Demmler, Fairfax and Archery Parks.

“There’s been key specific areas within the city property that have been identified that are going to be really good locations because they’re low traffic and they’re a little bit out of the way and also potentially beneficial to some key area of the community,” Wehling said.

Wehling said having these bees in public areas will help surrounding habitats like community gardens.

He said bees are very gentle in nature, and said he’s been a beekeeper for 6 years and he’s only been stung a couple of times a year while he’s actively managing his bees.

The council will introduce this on Tuesday, but no vote will take place.

Here is a full list of spots being considered for public beekeeping:
Keyes Property
Archery Park
Demmler Park
Fairfax Park
Jeffers Road Green Waste Site

 

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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