The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Program Year

2024

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Nibley City

Nibley, UT

Larry Jacobsen

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Nibley is located in northern eastern Utah in the center of the beautiful and scenic Cache Valley. It is a small, bedroom community with a rural feel and a population of 8,000. One of the many features of Nibley is its abundant park system which includes Firefly Nature Park. Firefly Park supports wild populations of both fireflies and monarchs and features a large pollinator garden that is tended to by the community. In 2023, Nibley City added an outdoor classroom at Firefly Park for our community to learn about nature, including monarch conservation. Mayor Jacobsen is committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by re-signing the Mayor’s Pledge, engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat, and pursuing opportunities to educate the public on the value of pollinators in our ecosystems.

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Community Spotlight

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Mayor Jacobsen

Mayor Jacobsen "planting" our Monarch Waystation sign at Nibley's pollinator garden, Firefly Park.

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Sign at Firefly Park

Nibley adopted a "Dark Sky" ordinance to protect our natural firefly population and other nocturnal wildlife.

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Fall Planting

Fall planting in the butterfly-shaped pollinator garden in Nibley. The Cache Valley Wildlife Association monitors and maintains the garden during the summer months.

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • 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 community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Launch, expand, or continue one or more ordinances to reduce light pollution to benefit urban wildlife.