San Diego County to welcome commercial bee hives

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Updated: 6/19/2014 1:48 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Commercial beekeepers are buzzing after San Diego County officials took steps toward setting aside public land for beehives.

U-T San Diego reports supervisors on Wednesday directed their agriculture division staffers to prepare an inventory of county-owned property that could host hives.

A report presented to supervisors identifies at least 10 sites where hives could be kept, including the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, the Sycamore Canyon Preserve and Boulder Oaks Preserve.

The county wants to foster more beekeeping in the face of dwindling populations from the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has plagued bees for the last several years.

Officials are also working toward loosening beekeeping regulations for hobbyists and are expected to consider new rules this fall.

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