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Mayor's Monarch Pledge Action Items

Mayors and local government chief executives who have taken the Mayor's Monarch Pledge must commit to implement at least three of the 24 following action items within a year of taking the pledge.

The City of McAllen is the first city in the LRGV and the second in the US to pledge to implement all 24 action items to help create and restore habitat and educate citizens in the community about the plight of monarch butterflies. On September 12th, 2016, Mayor Jim Darling declared the date to be Mayor's Monarch Pledge Day. This puts the city in the category of Champion level.

The action items fall into three broad categories: 1) Communicating to the public at large and specific leadership groups the importance to taking action in helping the Monarchs; 2) Program and Demonstration Gardens in which Monarch habitat is created and milkweed seed is collected and planted in city property, homes, schools, businesses, place of worship, etc.; 3) and lastly Systems Change in which ordinances and codes in the city are changed to benefit Monarchs.

Communicating & Convening:
  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species' need for habitat.
  • Launch a public communication effort to encourage citizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.
  • Communicate with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Convene city park and public work department staff and identify opportunities for revised mowing programs and milkweed/native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Convene a meeting with gardening leaders in the community to discuss partnerships to support monarch butterfly conservation.
Program & Demonstration Gardens:
  • Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagations effort.
  • Plant a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent location
  • Convert abandon lots to monarch habitat.
  • Plant milkweed and native nectar plants in medians and public rights of way.
  • Launch a program to plant milkweeds and nectar plants in school gardens by engaging students, teach and the community.
  • Earn recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by expanding your action plan to include other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts through a program like the NFW Community Wildlife Habitat program.
  • Create a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowner's associations within the city to create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
  • Add milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Expand invasive species removal programs to make it possible to re-establish native milkweed and nectar plants to the landscape.
  • Host or support a city monarch butterfly festival.
Systems Change:
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants of city weed/landscaping ordinances (if applicable).
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to all for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinance and encourage use of milkweed where appropriate.
  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where appropriate.
  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city's Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.
  • Change landscaping ordinances to support integrated pest management and reduced use of pesticides and insecticides.
  • Ban the use of neonicotinid pesticides or plants and seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, on city lands.

 

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