The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of Durant Iowa

Durant, IA

Scott Spengler

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Durant is a city located uniquely in the corner of Cedar, Muscatine and Scott counties in Eastern Iowa. Durant has a population of roughly 1870 citizens and is home to Feldhan Park as well as other beautiful and vibrant community parks and gardens. Mayor, Council and City staff are committed to saving the Monarch butterfly as well as other pollinators with their signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. The City looks forward to engaging and educating our residents in building more pollinator areas within our Storm Water Urban Conservation Project and other areas throughout of our 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 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.
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • 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.