Local Boy Scout works to help bee colonies

Chase Yeomans (right) a Boy Scout in Troop 22 in Unionville built a Pollinator Habitat Enhancement to help support local bee populations.

Chase Yeomans, a Life Scout in Troop 22 of Unionville, has built a Pollinator Habitat Enhancement at the Laurels Preserve in Coatesville. This enhancement addresses the national concern about the tremendous decrease of pollinators in the United States. Since 2006, US beekeepers have reported a 30% annual decrease in their colonies due to increased levels of parasites and pesticides as well as a loss of floral abundance.

On May 11th, Chase led a group of 26 volunteers to plant 1,000 pollinator plants in ten 10′ x 15′ plots on the bank of the Buck Run Creek. Over the next couple of months, Chase will monitor the establishment of the plants, keep the weeds at bay and maintain proper water levels.

Scouts work to plant pollinator friendly plants at the Laurels Preserve.

Chase has been a boy scout since first grade, and has always dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout. Towards this goal, Chase has earned 46 merit badges as well as the Den Chief Service Award, the Keep America Beautiful Award and the World Conservation Award. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.

His favorite part about being a boy scout is the frequent camping trips because he loves outdoor adventures. This summer, he will take a 2-week high-adventure backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch.

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