The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Town of Morrisville

Morrisville, NC

TJ Cawley

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Town of Morrisville is located in the heart of the Triangle with access to top universities, the Research Triangle Park, and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is is a key location for academia, business and industry. The Town is actively working toward initiatives that support tree canopy, pollinator habitat development and native plant minimums.

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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 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.
  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.