The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Friday, December 1, 2023

Program Year

2024

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Village of La Grange

La Grange, IL

Mark Kuchler

President

Pledge Summary

La Grange is a village in northeastern Illinois with a population of roughly 16,2000. The village is located west of Chicago and 40 years as a tree city usa, with heavily tree lined streets. President Mark Kuchler has committed to saving the monarch buttfly and other pollinators with their signing of the Mayor's Monarch Please and looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the Village.

Community Spotlight

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.
  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.