The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Rochester

Rochester, IN

Trent O'dell

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Rochester is a city in North Central Indiana with a population of roughly 19,000. The town is surrounded by rural areas and farmland in the early stages of alternative pesticide methods. It is home to beautiful public parks and gardens with an administration focused on community-building innovatives. Mayor O'Dell of Rochester, IN, has committed to saving monarch butterflies and other pollinators with their signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitats throughout the city.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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 developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.

Systems Change

  • Reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals that are harmful to monarchs and pollinators and urban wildlife.