The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Monday, March 11, 2024

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City of Springfield

Springfield, IL

Misty Buscher


Pledge Summary

The City of Springfield is the capital of the great state of Illinois, with a population around 113,000. Springfield lies in a valley and plain near the Sangamon River, with its own Lake managed by City Water, Light & Power (CWLP). There are multiple public and private schools in Springfield. In an effort to be a more environmentally friendly city, Mayor Buscher of Springfield, IL has committed to helping the monarch butterfly (our state insect) and other pollinators by their signing of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and completing the action steps necessary to do so.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

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.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.