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The Changing Landscape of Beekeeping In Portland


Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels, professional beekeepers, are trying to breed a honeybee more resilient to Oregon winters.

Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels, professional beekeepers, are trying to breed a honeybee more resilient to Oregon winters.

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Because of a decades-old quirk, Multnomah County is responsible for enforcing (pdf) Portland’s beekeeping regulations. The county requires potential beekeepers to attain signatures from all of their neighbors who live within 150 feet of their property, which some beekeepers say is too onerous.

Now the county is considering changes to the way it enforces those rules, which could mean that neighbors would still be notified, but would not need to grant permission.

We’ll talk with Chris Wirth, the Vector Control Manager for Multnomah County, and Tim Wessels, president of Portland Urban Beekeepers about how the rules for beekeepers in Portland could be changing in the near future.

Editor’s note: this post was changed to accurately reflect the roles of the city and the county.

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