The National Wildlife Federation

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Friday, February 23, 2024

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City of Whiting

Whiting, IN

Steve Spebar


Pledge Summary

Whiting, Indiana is home to an estimated 5,000 people and is located on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The city is in the heart of one of the most diverse ecological areas in the state boasting numerous wetlands and smaller lakes in nearby communities. Despite the beautiful setting, Whiting sits in the middle of a highly industrialized area. Whiting is host to the largest oil refinery in the Midwest, British Petroleum. This industrial area poses environmental challenges of all kinds. Last fall our public park was planted with thousands of native plants, including milkweed for our Monarchs. Plans are for additional plantings this year. Mayor Spebar has signed on to the Monarch Pledge and promises to support the planting of native pollinator plants throughout the city.

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Action Items Committed for 2024

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.

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.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.