President’s Message April - May 2015
The primary mission of our
Association is to “Promote and support all
aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey”. We’re
also chartered with educating and informing
the public about the importance of beekeeping
and the beekeeping industry in the state and
with dispelling myths about beekeeping. Thanks
to efforts by State Apiarist Tim Schuler,
members Rebecca Wunderlich, Julie Jurusz,
Landi Simone, Joe Alvarez and others, over the
past several years we have been able to
produce five fabulous brochures with
information about swarms, responsible use of
pesticides, planting for honeybees, membership
in the Association and how honeybees are
different than other stinging insects.
Association member David Leary, of Paper
Strategies, is our printer.
The brochures are ordered through the
Association by branch presidents for
distribution by the branches and members at
4-H Fairs, Farmers Fairs, and County and State
Fairs where the branches perform outreach. The
Association has used them effectively at the
League of Municipalities Annual Conference.
Additionally, the Pollinators Need Your
Help pamphlet was distributed with the plants
that were given away by branches at fairs last
summer in conjunction with our USDA Specialty
Crop Block grant. New supplies of the Swarms
and Bees, Wasps and Hornets brochures were
sent to branch president last fall, and they
should have recently received supplies of the
remaining five brochures.
The Northwest branch will be hosting the
annual state spring meeting on Saturday, June
6, 2015 at the Fellowship Village in Basking
Ridge. The featured speaker will be Dr. David
Tarpy from North Carolina State University.
You can register online at http://www.njbeekeepers.org/store/.
On March 3, 2015, the New Jersey Fish and Game
Council approved an updated Comprehensive
Black Bear Management Policy that continues
the annual December hunt, adds an October hunt
beginning in 2016 and calls for enhanced
education efforts in parts of the state
experiencing black bear encounters for the
first time, among other measures. Once
the Policy has been published, a 60-day public
comment period will be opened, with public
hearings. Many beekeepers have experienced
losses due to bears, and we will keep you
apprised of the progress of the updated policy
so you can voice your support.
The NJBA will be hosting the Eastern
Apiculture Society (EAS) annual conference in
2016. Jeff Burd, one of the Association’s vice
president’s and our delegate to EAS will be
the lead in working with EAS officers to
accomplish this. There will be plenty of
opportunities to volunteer and Jeff will be
reaching out to members to participate in the
Finally, after 10 years, Curtis Crowell has
stepped down as Treasurer of the Association.
I will greatly miss his attention to detail,
his organizational skills and his willingness
to step in and help when and where needed.
Charles Ilsley has stepped forward to take up
the responsibility of state treasurer and
Curtis has helped him to transition. Let’s all
thank Curtis for his many years of service and
welcome Charles as our new treasurer.
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