The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Woodstock

Woodstock, IL

Michael Turner

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Woodstock, Illinois is home to approximately 25,000 residents and is located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. The City is home to 553 acres of parkland including developed parks, natural areas, community gardens and open spaces. Mayor Michael Turner is committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge on February 6, 2024. The City of Woodstock, alongside it's residents and environmental ambassadors, vow to continue engaging with our community to encourage pollinator habitat rehabilitation. 2024 marks the third year of Woodstock’s commitment.

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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.
  • 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 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

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.