The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Borough of New Britain

New Britain Borough, PA

James Donovan

Mayor

Pledge Summary

New Britain Borough is a small borough of 8,000 residents in central Bucks County. We are a PA Bird Town, a Tree City USA, and a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. As a community, we have demonstrated a long-time commitment to providing habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife through the planting of hundreds of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials in our public spaces, including the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve, which has been recognized at both the local and state level for the habitat restoration work we have done there. Participating in the Mayors Monarch Pledge initiative is a natural extension of the work our community has long been engaged in.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

Systems Change

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