The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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City of Champaign

Champaign, IL

Deborah Feinen


Pledge Summary

The City of Champaign is a community in east-central Illinois, with approximately 89,000 residents. Along with our neighboring city, Urbana, it is home to the University of Illinois. Mayor Feinen is committed to preserving and expanding habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators and is a proud supporter of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge. Through the leadership of Mayor Feinen and the Champaign City Council, staff has direction to maintain, establish, and expand pollinator habitat on public land. The City also coordinates efforts with the Champaign Park District to support their programs for public outreach to encourage residents in the community to use and establish native plantings to support monarchs and other pollinators.

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Action Items Committed for 2021

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.