The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Program Year

2021

Achievement

Signatories

2021

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Town of Normal

Normal, IL

Chris Koos

Mayor

Pledge Summary

1. 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. 2. Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public right-of-way. 3. Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in public community gardens. 4. Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties, where appropriate. 5. Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Community Spotlight

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Perennial plants outgrow annuals in Normal

Just a few years ago, many of the landscape beds in Normal's parks and municipal properties included a multitude of annual flowers. Town horticulturalists have converted all of these beds to primarily consist of nectar-producing perennials.

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Fransen Nature Area Explodes

Wildflowers have been abundant in the Fransen Nature Area, providing high levels of nectar for our local pollinators. The park is a favorite for photography enthusiasts.

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Underwood Park Monarch Butterfly Fun Fact Signs

Monarch butterfly fun-fact signs at the Underwood Park prairie emphasizes our commitment to preserving and restoring native prairie plants that provide a much-needed habitat for the monarch butterfly.

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Monarchs in Maxwell

The redesigned disc golf course in Maxwell Park continues to provide native habitat for the monarch butterfly. Milkweed, goldenrod, and other nectar producing wildflowers are actively growing in the tallgrass areas on the course.

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From Roses to Wildflowers at the Normandy Garden

The old rose garden on the former campus of the Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Childrens School has been transformed into a picturesque perennial garden.

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.

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.

Systems Change

  • 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.