The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Perris

Perris, CA

Michael Vargas

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Perris is in Southern California with a population of roughly 80,000. The city is centrally located in the Inland Empire and home to nearly 30 community gardens. Mayor Vargas of Perris, CA has committed to signing the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging with residents to create healthy, sustainable habitats for the monarch butterflies and pollinators, while educating residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.

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 community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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

  • 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).
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.