The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2022

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City of Loretto

Loretto, MN

Kent Koch

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Loretto is a city on the western edge of Hennepin County, Minnesota with a population of 647. The city is known for it's small town atmosphere, close to many parks, trails and beautiful lakes. Mayor Koch, on behalf of the city council and the Loretto community, has committed to saving the Monarch butterfly by taking actions to protect pollinator habitat and raising awareness of the need to take action.

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Action Items Committed for 2022

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.
  • 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 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 community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.