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District Residents can now “apply to keep their personally-owned honeybee hive on one of seven designated beehive sites”

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm 8 Comments


From DPR:

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) today announced a new beekeeping program in partnership with the DC Beekeepers Alliance.  In an effort to support urban beekeeping and to increase pollination in the District, residents of the District of Columbia may apply to keep their personally-owned honeybee hive on one of seven (7) DPR designated beehive sites. 

Bees are essential to the health of the ecosystem and natural environment. Bees contribute to the pollination of seeds which ultimately yield flowering plants and fruit.

To participate in the beekeeping program, individuals must be District residents, complete a twelve (12) hour beekeeping course, and submit an application available on DPR’s website. Space is very limited.

For more information, application, and frequently asked questions please visit: Urban Beekeeping Program

and remember: “If you see a swarm of bees, please call or text (202) 255-4318 or email [email protected] and and a team of DC beekeepers will spring into action to give house-searching honeybees the home they are looking for!”

  • andy

    BECAUSE IF I SEE A SWARM OF BEES, the first thing I do is ask myself, “where is my phone? I would like to call someone now.”

  • Marty

    huh, backyard hives are not allowed?

    • anon

      They are but there are requirements having to do with setback from neighbors and such. This would help someone who can’t put a hive on their own property.

    • That’s not what it says at all. This is offering additional space to those whose backyards do not comply with the current regulations (that require it be X number of feet away from fences, along with a few other things). We looked into it a few years ago when someone wanted to store their beehive on our property, but we were just shy of the required space, and didn’t want to risk a fine.

  • textdoc

    I have now seen this photo in enough posts that I know to look away so as to avoid freaking myself out.

  • G.O.B. Bluth

    We’ll see who brings in more honey! Bzzzzzzz

  • curious

    Where are the locations?

    • JCA

      +1. The DPR website does not currently reveal these undisclosed locations.


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