The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Michele Hodges

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Grosse Pointe Park is located on the southwestern shore of Lake St. Clair, bordering Detroit, with a population of 11,027. We have committed to the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, earning Leadership Circle status in 2016 under Mayor Robert Denner, and in 2023 under our current Mayor Michele Hodges. Grosse Pointe Park will continue these efforts toward being a more pollinator-friendly city by working in partnership with its newly formed sustainability committee, under the GPP Beautification Commission. Our goal is to build a healthy, sustainable and wild-life friendly community.

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Community Spotlight

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Volunteer Garden Clean-up Day at Patterson Park

On Saturday, August 5, 2023, resident volunteers joined members of the Grosse Pointe Park Beautification Commission at Patterson Park to clean up the beds along the boardwalk in preparation for native plantings.

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Proclamation Issued

At a City Council Meeting on April 24th 2023, Mayor Hodges read and signed a proclamation declaring March 8th Mayor's Monarch Pledge Day. An announcement was also published in the Grosse Pointe News during Pollinator Month in June.

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Planting Day at Patterson Park

Thanks to a donation from the NWF's Garden for Life program, resident volunteers and members of the GPP Beautification Commission planted almost 200 native plants along the boardwalk and butterfly garden at Patterson Park on September 3oth.

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Library Hosts Citizen Science Month Celebration

On April 24, 2024 Ewald Branch Library celebrated April as Citizen Science month! Special guest Sally Wenczel, a local children’s book author, read her book "Let's Build a Rain Garden" and talked about the importance of Native Plants.

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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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • 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).
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • 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.

Systems Change

  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).