The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, IL

Haig Haleblian

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Crystal Lake is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL with a population of roughly 40,000 residents. Crystal Lake is home to two public lakes, multiple public parks, and community gardens. Mayor Haleblian has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with the signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. The City of Crystal Lake looks forward to engaging with residents in building more pollinator habitats in the City.

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Pollinator Seed Packets

The City of Crystal Lake has provided pollinator seed packets at community events throughout 2022. Specifically, butterfly weed packets have been provided to promote the Monarch Butterfly habitat and to encourage pollinator planting.

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Invasive Species Treated

The City's ecological contractor continued to treat invasive species at the City-owned Three Oaks Recreation Area and various native gardens owned by the City of Crystal Lake. Invasive willows were treated and removed from the park in 2022.

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Public Communication Efforts

The City of Crystal Lake has created a special web page on the City's website for the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. This is in addition to web pages that highlight green initiatives in the City.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an effort to change municipal planting ordinances and practices to include more native milkweed and native nectar producing plants at city properties.