The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Signatories

2022

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City of Moorhead

Moorhead, MN

Shelly Carlson

City of Moorhead Mayor

Pledge Summary

Moorhead, MN lies along the Red River of the North within the Lake Agassiz basin. There have been efforts for years to improve the sustainability of the region. Dakota Audubon has been a partner with the city, converting turf grass into prairie along the Red River. The city is investigating ways to supplement the work of Dakota Audubon to continue building corridors and providing food sources for pollinators. We planted two pollinator beds on city property, and we have been looking at other areas of expansion.

Community Spotlight

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Public Works Pollinator Planting

Forestry, Parks Maintenance staff, and a Forestry Corps member converted over 4,000 square feet of lawn into a pollinator bed. Over 600 plants were planted, consisting of over 90 species of nectar-producing and host plants for local butterflies.

Action Items Committed for 2022

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.
  • 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

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.