Lake Oswego is a bee city — so what does that entail?

Published April 10, 2024

Did you know that Lake Oswego is a bee city?

The Lake Oswego City Council adopted a resolution for the town to join 201 others across the nation in the Bee City USA program last September.

Affiliates within the program must commit to protecting pollinators. Some of Lake Oswego’s commitments include hosting at least one celebration or pollinator planting event every year, developing a program to foster pollinator-friendly habitats, adopting an integrated pest management plan and reorienting other city planning to include the protection of pollinators.

Lake Oswego has an integrated pest plan and will raise awareness about pollinator protection at its upcoming Farmers Market starting this spring. The city is also hosting a Trees for Pollinators Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at Iron Mountain Park and has ongoing stewardship opportunities to protect native species and pollinators.

As the city website notes, pollinators are not limited to bees and can also include ants, bats, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps, reptiles, small animals and spiders. Further, the city website states that pollinators “are responsible for the reproduction of over 85% of all flowering plants and over three-quarters of agricultural crops.”

The Bee City program was created by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Some of its goals are to reduce the use of pesticides that can harm pollinators and to create and enhance pollinator habitats.

“Bee City USA provides a framework for communities to work together to conserve native pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides,” the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation website reads.

For more information about Lake Oswego’s program, visit



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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Project Coordinator

Primary Role:

  • Handles NEP grant applications, grant approvals, reviews receipts for reimbursement and is the single point of contact between the entire Palisades Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the City.
  • To be successfull in this role you should be organized, communicative.
  • Time commitment: From 8-12 hrs. throughout the year


  • Accepting NEP proposals: Anyone living in the Palisades Neighborhood Association can submit proposal(s) to the NEP Coordinator along with estimated costs throughout the year. They should follow the application guidelines and answer the questions related to their proposal.
  • PNA Board will Vote on Which Items To Include in our NEP Proposal: During the month of March PNA board meeting the NEP Coordinator asks the board to vote on the proposed item(s). NEP Coordinator encourages person(s) proposing the item(s) to attend the meeting to answer questions that might come up. The PNA board then votes on which items should be included in the NEP grant proposal.
  • Developing and Submitting the NEP Grant Proposalt: During the NEP grant proposal period (usually the month of May) the NEP Project Coordinator:
    • Fills out the NEP grant proposal application based on items approved by the PNA Board;
    • Gets sign offs from the PNA Chair
    • Submits the proposal form to the city in early May for the initial review process
    • Provides additional information requested by the city
    • Revises and submits the final application to the City by the deadline (typically May 31).

What Happens Next:

  • Iris McCaleb from the City forwards the NEP grant proposals to the grant review committee and then to the City Council who review it and awards certain grants.The NEP Coordinator will receive a letter of award from the City and will share it with the PNA Leadership Team.
  • As items are purchased from the approved grant list, the project close-out form is filled out by the person requesting reimbursement. They will attach digital copies of receipts and photos and then submit all to both the NEP Project Coordinator and the PNA Chair. The NEP Project Coordinator submits the reimbursement request to Iris at the City for reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement checks are then sent directly to the person who purchased the item(s).