The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Friday, March 22, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Town of York

York, ME

Todd Frederick

Selectboard, Chair

Pledge Summary

The Town of York, comprised of Cape Neddick, York Harbor, York Village and York Beach, is in the southern tip of Maine and has a population of over 13,000 year-round residents. This coastal community is home to the Nubble Lighthouse, Mount Agamenticus, and is famous for its long sandy beaches. York also has large areas of forest, community parks, fields, and green space along with some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the state. In our recent Comprehensive Plan, a top goal is to preserve, protect, and enhance natural resources to include wildlife habitat. We are pledging to help protect and increase public awareness of Maine’s native pollinators, to include the monarch butterfly, and their habitats.

Community Spotlight

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York Parks & Recreation Springtime Surprises 2023

Seed ball activity at York Parks & Recreation Department's Springtime Surprises free community event!

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Milkweed Propagation

Transplanting milkweed seedlings for free give-away during Old York Garden Club's annual plant sale

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Monarch & Native Aster

A monarch butterfly fueling up for migration along York's Cliff Walk

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Hungry Caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar feeding on native milkweed at York's Mt. Agamenticus

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.