The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Program Year

2024

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City of North Kansas City

North Kansas City, MO

Bryant DeLong

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of North Kansas City is located in the heart of the Kansas City metropolitan area, with a population of roughly 4,500 residents and just under 5 square miles. North Kansas City is home to several beautiful parks, with the flagship Macken Park being the largest. For almost 20 years North Kansas City has had the proud designation of Tree City USA. Mayor Delong, along with city council and staff have committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with their signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and look forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitats throughout the city.

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 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.

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

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • 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.