The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Friday, February 5, 2021

Program Year

2021

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2021

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The Woodlands Township

The Woodlands, TX

Gordy Bunch

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Pledge Summary

The Woodlands Township is a master-planned community located 30 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas with a population of 120,000. The Township is home to 148 parks, 220 miles of hike and bike trails, and includes more than 28,000 acres of forested land. The Woodlands Township Board of Directors has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with their signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and has contributed $5,000 annually to programs, educational resources, and events that support these efforts. Over the past few years, The Woodlands Township had led many efforts to engage residents including propagating and distributing more than 14,000 native milkweed plants, registering more than 100 pollinator gardens throughout the community, and converting numerous public spaces to pollinator and wildlife habitats.

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Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2021

Communications and Convening

  • 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.)
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a monarch neighborhood challenge to engage neighborhoods and homeowners' associations within the community to increase awareness, support community unity around a common mission, and/or create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • 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.