The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Signatories

2023

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City of Harvard

Harvard, IL

Michael Kelly

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Harvard is a community of 9,400 residents in the northwest corner of McHenry County, one of the collar counties of Chicago. Downtown Harvard has a newly updated streetscape of perennial plants that the park dept maintains. There is a facebook page Harvard Monarch Pledge that has gathered 80 local gardeners from which the stewards were appointed. Harvard developed 5 new pollinator gardens last year, and hopes for more this year on city/ park/ church/ school/ HOA properties

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • 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

  • Convert vacant lots to monarch habitat.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.