The National Wildlife Federation

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Monday, March 28, 2022

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Village of Flossmoor

Flossmoor, IL

Michelle Nelson


Pledge Summary

The Village of Flossmoor is a beautiful suburb of Chicago with just under 10,000 residents. We feature tree-lined streets, a variety of historic homes, excellent schools, a diverse and inclusive population, an extensive sculpture garden and sprawling parks, and a thriving small business community. Flossmoor is dedicated to green initiatives and has a Green Commission to help advance that work. As a Village, we have been working on replacing our tree canopy by planting hundreds of trees annually, we host a large annual recycling event and promote daily recycling activities, we discourage idling, we maintain a free seed library, we use native plantings in newly landscaped public areas, and in 2022 we are installing a butterfly garden in one of our local parks! Mayor Nelson is committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with her signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge and looks forward to working with the Green Commission and residents to build more pollinator habitats throughout the Village.

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Action Items Committed for 2022

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 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

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • 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.