The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2023

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Hastings-on-Hudson

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Nicola Armacost

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson is located in New York State, about 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan, and has a population of about 8,500. It is situated on the banks of the Hudson River and boasts exceptional views of the dramatic geological bluffs known as the Palisades. It has a charming, bucolic character, over 89% of its open space is dedicated parkland and it has a significant trail network. It also has active pollinator pathway and “Adopt-a- Spot” programs that engage and educate residents about the importance of biodiversity, native plants and pollinators. The Mayor of Hastings-on-Hudson, Nicola Armacost, has committed to protecting the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and encourages residents to continue building pollinator habitat throughout the municipality.

Community Spotlight

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Five Corners Garden

A vacant lot was converted into a monarch habitat by a group of volunteers in 2021; it is located in the heart of the Village at "Five Corners", where Chauncey Lane and Broadway intersect, adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct trail.

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Troop 1708 Garden

In 2021, Girl Scout Troop 1708 adopted a triangle of vacant village land where Merrill, Hamilton and Rosedale meet. The troop cleared the land and used American Meadows Monarch Butterfly Seed Mix to start their garden. It is now flourishing!

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Sawmill River Butterfly Garden

Volunteers planted nine pollinator gardens along the Saw Mill River in Hastings-on-Hudson.

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Tiny Gardens

Families adopted tiny plots of vacant village land to create pollinator gardens.

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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 developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing 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.
  • 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.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • 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.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.