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More Honey Bees Coming To Central Texas Parks

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

Our produce is in danger as bee populations nationwide die off.  Now relocation efforts by Central Texas Bee Rescue is helping the insects thrive.

The non-profit is working to place apiaries – areas for honey bees -- in city, state and federal parks to help bees repopulate, while generating extra revenue from honey sales.

"In Austin last year, somewhere between 8,000 and 22,000 bee hives were exterminated. If you multiply that by the four major cities you're looking at 40,000 to 100,000 beehives that are being wiped out. Our goal is to take 25 percent of that load and relocate them to safe havens," says Walter Schumacher.

In six months, Schumacher says he'll have a deal with the Bureau of Land Management to place hundreds if not thousands of apiaries in federal parks, nationwide. One apiary, a box where bees are kept, can generate $100,000 per year in honey sales. With multiple apiaries, that comes out to millions of dollars in honey sales that can be used to help maintain parks while helping to relocate bees.

On the city level, Schumacher is working to bring apiaries to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, community gardens and under the Congress Bridge.

Honey made by Central Texas Bee Rescue will be available at Whole Foods starting July 21.

By Ashley MIller

More Honey Bees Coming To Central Texas Parks

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