The National Wildlife Federation

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Friday, April 21, 2023

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The Woodlands Township

The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Ann Snyder

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Pledge Summary

The Woodlands Township, located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas, is the local government for one of the country’s leading master-planned communities. This 28,000-acre residential and commercial development is home to more than 120,000 residents and more than 2,000 businesses. The Woodlands Township and citizens of The Woodlands have joined communities around the nation to recognize the importance of creating and preserving pollinator habitat. The Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township have committed to help save the monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing the Mayors Monarch Pledge. To honor the pledge to support monarch butterflies, and all pollinators, The Woodlands Township is working with residents, businesses, churches and schools to raise awareness and create more pollinator habitat across our community.

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Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

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.
  • 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.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • 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.

Systems Change

  • Launch, expand, or continue an effort to change municipal planting ordinances and practices to include more native milkweed and native nectar producing plants at city properties.