Wyoming Apiary Map
A new Wyoming Apiary Map is available online. This reflects quite a change at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, where the Bee Laws were an informal means of maintaining a ‘good old boys beekeeper’s club’.
The apiary records were such an embarrassing mess, that the regulators often asked about the need for bee regulation.
I suspect they hoped the whole thing would go away before they got sued.
Now, apparently the state has changed direction and spent some money to rectified this situation.
Looking at the map in detail, there are some very obvious location errors. Some apiaries are located in areas where neither bees, livestock, or humans can survive. And no human activity can be seen anywhere near the stickpin. 🙂
Some very long-term, well established commercial beeyards, that can be seen on Google Maps if you know where to look, don’t have a stickpin. Could it be missing data? Or remnants of those ‘good old boys’ unregistered yards? 😉
And there are some commercial operations without any registered yards! Maybe they need a little help working those new fangled GPS thingess, especially when they get all gummed up with propolis. LOL
Beyond that, this map represents a big step away from the past. Maybe, in the future, the Bee Laws will benefit all of Wyoming’s citizens and not just the chosen few.
And I’d like to thank the Natrona County Beekeepers Club for the link.