The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Program Year

2024

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The Woodlands Township

The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Ann Snyder

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Pledge Summary

The Woodlands Township, located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas, is the local government for one of the country’s leading master-planned communities. This 28,000-acre residential and commercial development is home to more than 120,000 residents and more than 2,000 businesses. The Woodlands Township and citizens of The Woodlands have joined communities around the nation to recognize the importance of creating and preserving pollinator habitat. The Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township have committed to help save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing the Mayors Monarch Pledge. To honor the pledge to support monarch butterflies, and all pollinators, The Woodlands Township is working with residents, businesses, churches and schools to raise awareness and create more pollinator habitat across our community.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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

  • Launch, expand, or continue an effort to change municipal planting ordinances and practices to include more native milkweed and native nectar producing plants at city properties.