The Woodlands Township Making Great Progress Toward Becoming a Monarch Champion
This is a promising year for The Woodlands Township to achieve Monarch Champion City designation as recognized by the National Wildlife Federation. In 2019, the Township's Environmental Services department formally pledged to fulfill the 24 action items outlined by NWF. This followed the Township's Board of Directors public proclamation to protect the monarch and all pollinators made on April 25, 2018.
“The monarch butterfly is an iconic North American species whose multigenerational migration and metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly has captured the imagination of millions of Americans...we hereby pledge to help restore habitat for the monarch and encourage our citizens to do the same so that these magnificent butterflies will once again flourish across our state and the continent.”
–from The Woodlands Township Proclamation
To date, the Township has implemented 15 of the action items and has another seven well underway for 2020. Planning for the final two has begun. Every resident, business, and public organization can do their part by creating a pollinator habitat. The Township's program,
Plant for Pollinators, helps you do that. Be sure to register your pollinator garden with the Township when completed. Each garden takes The Woodlands a step closer to becoming one of the nation's few Monarch Champion cities.
This effort will not only help save the majestic Monarch, but will benefit all our native bees, butterflies, and moths that make pollination possible.
In February 2017, Project PolliNation presented a proposal to Environmental Services of The Woodlands Township to transform the community into a Monarch Champion City as defined and recognized by the National Wildlife Federation in their Mayor’s Monarch Pledge program.
The following month, we presented the concept to The Woodlands Township Board of Directors. The presentation was well received and in June 2017, the Board approved additional budget to Environmental Services for the next five years “to make something happen.” And something is happening.
Hundreds of Woodlands residents supported becoming a Monarch Champion City by signing their name to Project PolliNation's Woodlands Monarch Pledge Campaign to raise the Township's awareness and motivate the Board of Directors to take the NWF Mayor's Monarch Pledge.
Through the following months, Project PolliNation worked with Environmental Services to create its strategy for accomplishing the status of a Monarch Champion and continues to partner in our shared mission today.
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