The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

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City of Gastonia

Gastonia, NC

Richard Franks


Pledge Summary

Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 15 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment. We are a recognized Bee City USA affiliate, Tree City USA affiliate and now have taken the Mayors' Monarch Pledge.

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Environmental Education beds

These beds are made out of recycled boat docks that have been upcycled to make sturdy beds. Small outdoor classroom is available and the beds include items that people can touch and smell.

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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.