The Mayors Monarch Pledge is a program created by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage mayors and their communities to take a pledge to help the dwindling Monarch Butterfly population.
Less than one percent of the western monarch population remains, while the eastern population has fallen by ninety percent. Habitat loss is one of the major factors that contribute to this decline. The Mayors Monarch Pledge tries to combat this habitat loss by encouraging communities like Johnston to grow native nectar plants and milkweed in public areas like parks, libraries, schools, and even backyards. These gardens will give Monarch important habitat to rest, eat, lay eggs, and help pollinate plants in the community. Planting Monarch gardens will help ensure future generations of Monarch and turn our community into a wonderland of beautiful flowers and plants.
Serval Iowa communities have already made the Monarch Pledge for 2022. On Monday, April 18, 2022, Mayor Dierenfeld joined in on the pledge. Johnston will be taking steps to increase Monarch habitats by planting milkweed in the stormwater basins along NW 57th Avenue and Crosshaven Park. The Parks Department will be planting 300 plants.
Johnston will also work to educate residents and public workers on how to protect and grow their own monarch habitat.
Learn more about the Mayor's Monarch Pledge by visiting the National Wildlife Federation.
Click here (PDF) to view the Mayor's Monarch Pledge Proclamation.
The photo below is the 300 milkweed plants the Johnston Parks Department will be planting. They are growing these in the city's greenhouse.