The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Plano

Plano, TX

John Muns

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Plano is home to close to 292,100 residents and is located just North of Dallas. Plano is recognized as a leader in sustainability, as shown by their 2023 Texas Environmental Excellence Award. Plano is currently pursuing the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat Certification. There are currently hundreds of wildlife habitats already located throughout the City including many Monarch habitats.

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Community Spotlight

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Plano Environmental Education Center

The Plano Environmental Education Center includes a LEED certified building with a beautiful native garden that is also a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Wildlife Habitat. You are sure to see butterflies during migration!

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.