The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Moon Township

Moon, PA

David Bachman

Board of Supervisors Chairman

Pledge Summary

Moon Township is a suburb of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania. The Township is home to a population of approximately 25,000 people. Moon Township has a long-standing tradition of investment in public parks and open space. The Township has three landmark parks that feature over 600 acres of open space and over 15 miles of hiking trails. In 2019 the Township converted open areas in both Robin Hill Park and Moon Park into no-mow wildflower meadows. The meadows have been planted with special blends of native flowers and grasses specifically for pollinators. The Township also participates in the Pollinator Pathway program developing community Pollinator Pathways through volunteer efforts working together to establish pollinator-friendly habitats. In addition to the Pollinator Pathways, the Township also participates in the Wildlife-Friendly Community program with the National Wildlife Federation to create a wildlife habitat throughout the community while educating and engaging residents. Moon Township residents have certified their own gardens and yards assisting the Township in reaching the certification goal.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.