The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

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City of Harvard

Harvard, IL

Michael Kelly


Pledge Summary

The City of Harvard is situated near the State Line area of Northern Illinois and is about 80 miles NW of Chicago in McHenry County. The City has a population of about 9,500. Mayor Michael Kelly and the Harvard City Council are committed to helping provide habitat for the Monarch Butterfly and other pollenators within in City owned property and educating & encouraging residents to help provide additional habitat on private property.

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Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

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

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.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.