The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Bastrop

Bastrop, TX

Lyle Nelson

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Bastrop is a city within the Texas Monarch Flyway, making it an important destination for both the spring and fall Monarch migration. Bastrop currently has three active pollinator projects: Bastrop Public Library; Bob Bryant Park; and the new one coming online in 2024 in front of the City Hall. Bastrop is committed to increasing pollinator gardens on public land to help local pollinators and the Monarch butterfly and to encourage the public to get involved with this ongoing effort.

Community Spotlight

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Bastrop City Hall Fall 2023

Before taking the pledge in 2024 the raised bed in front of Bastrop City Hall consisted of Bermuda grass and a lone rose bush.

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 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

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

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.