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Man on mission to save bees moves hive from Lake Oswego to SE Portland

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A local man is on a mission to save bees, and just this Thursday, he moved a hive from Lake Oswego to southeast Portland.

Every time Brian Lacy transplants a bee hive, he's exposing himself to thousands of bees that could sting him at any second. But to him it's worth it if he can keep the bee population thriving.

Lacy founded Urban Bees and Gardens, an organization working hard to save bees. He coaches people who want to learn beekeeping skills, and teaches them how to nurture pollinators.

But Lacy also rescues wild hives from public buildings, homes and trees.

On Thursday, Lacy's task was to remove part of an enormous cedar tree with a large bee hive from a Lake Oswego property.

The next step is to replant it in southeast Portland, where someone will tend to the bees.

General Tree Service pitched in, carefully removing the tree while keeping the hive intact.

Although it might be easier to just move the hive without the tree, there's a reason they don't do that.

"Good bee habitat is becoming rarer and rarer, so trees are a bees natural habitat to live in. That's what they like best. That's what they thrive in the best, and without pollinators, we don't have fruits and vegetables or wildflowers pollinated, which is what keeps those plants happy," Lacy told FOX 12.

One third of the global food supply is pollinated by bees, so without them people wouldn't have a whole lot to eat.

Lacy hopes to spread that message to the local community and teach people not to fear bees.

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