The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Signatories

2023

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City of Wildwood

Wildwood, FL

Ed Wolf

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Wildwood, FL, is a rapidly growing municipality with a population of about 30,000 residents, situated approximately 20 miles south of Ocala and 50 miles northwest of Orlando. As growth and development accelerates, the city is committing to conservation of monarchs and pollinators through a multifaceted, cross-departmental approach that will engage local experts and community members to provide habitat crucial to these species.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • 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 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

  • 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.