The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Monday, December 19, 2022

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2023

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City of Richland Hills

Richland Hills, TX

Ed Lopez

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The city of Richland Hills is a small community in the middle of the giants in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. The nearly 9,000 residents are very proud of our small town and county vibe that our city offers. Mayor Lopez approached staff about this opportunity 18 months ago. Since, staff has been adding staff, planning programming and reorganizing the park system to accommodate the execution of fulfilling the tasks of this wonderful program. Our eager citizens already love natural areas and wildlife, so pledging to be a part of the Mayor's Monarch Pledge was an exciting possibility for our community. Richland Hills is excited to add wildflower area, nectar gardens, new programs, and community education to our recreation palette to help increase Monarch habitat.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • 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.
  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • 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).
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

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