Mayor's Monarch Pledge Action Items FINAL

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1 Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Action Items Mayors and local government chief executives who ha ve taken the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge must . commit to implement at least three of the 25 follow ing action items within a year of taking the pledge & Demonstration Gardens” section. Mayors and At least one action must be taken from the “Program local government chief executives taking more than eight actions will receive special recognition as p art of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monar ch Leadership Circle. NWF will follow up with all isit 1/1, 4/1, 7/1, 10/1) to monitor progress. Please v mayoral points of contact with a quarterly survey ( www.nwf.org/mayorsmonarchpledge to take the pledge and access resources. Communications & Convening: Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the d ecline of the monarch butterfly and the 1) species’ need for habitat. 2) Launch a public communication effort to encourage c itizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. 3) Communicate with community garden groups and urge t hem to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants. Convene city park and public works department staff 4) and identify opportunities for revised mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs. 5) Convene a meeting with gardening leaders in the com munity to discuss partnerships to support monarch butterfly conservation. Program & Demonstration Gardens: 6) Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed see d giveaway event. d propagation effort. 7) Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection an Plant a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at Ci ty Hall or another prominent location. 8) Convert abandoned lots to monarch habitat. 9) 10) Plant milkweed and native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way. 11) Launch a program to plant native milkweeds and nect ar plants in school gardens by engaging students, teachers and the community. Earn recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by expanding your action plan to include other 12) wildlife and habitat conservation efforts through a program like the NWF Community Wildlife Habitat program 13) Create a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage n eighborhoods and homeowners’ associations within the city to create habitat for the monarch butterfly. 14) Initiate or support citizen-science efforts that he lp monitor monarch migration and health. 15) Add milkweed and nectar producing plants in communi ty gardens.

2 16) possible to re-establish native milkweed Expand invasive species removal programs to make it and nectar plants to the landscape. 17) Host or support a city monarch butterfly festival. Systems Change: 18) Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable). 19) Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for nativ e prairie and plant habitats. 20) Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs an d trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed where appr opriate. 21) Direct city property managers to consider the use o f native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where appropriate. 22) Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the c ity’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans. Change landscape ordinances to support integrated p est management and reduced use of 23) pesticides and insecticides. 24) Ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, or plants and seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, on city lands. 25) California Specific: Pass a resolution to protect o ver-wintering monarch butterfly habitat on public and private lands.

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