The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2023

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City of Cuero

Cuero, TX

Sara Post Meyer

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Cuero, Texas is a community of 8256 ; located in South Central Texas, and proud of its heritage, its history, and its hospitality. The community's citizens, once informed of the decline of the Monarch population, began planting pollinator plants in private places. Students at elementary and junior high studied the monarch through Cuero and prepared posters sharing important facts about butterflies, monarch's in particular. In addition students built small native gardens at their schools to help migration. AS Mayor of Cuero I encourage citizens to plant natives and other pollinator plants in their gardens. I , as Mayor have signed the Monarch Pledge for the last six years.

Community Spotlight

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Flower Beds at City Hall

Monarch garden at City Hall.

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Planting of Monarch Garden at Municipal Library

Planting at Municipal Library

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Library Flower Beds

Library Flower Beds

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Library Pruning and Planting

Sprucing up the Library beds

Action Items Committed for 2023

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

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.
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).