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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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City of Salem

Salem, OR

Chuck Bennett


Pledge Summary

The City of Salem is located in Marion and Polk counties in the heart of the lush Willamette River Valley, 50 miles south of Portland. Salem is the state capital, government seat of Marion County, and the state's third largest city. Salem's landscape is characterized by a mix of rich valley farmland and orchards, rolling hills, creeks, wetlands, and the Willamette River. Mayor Bennett of Salem, Oregon, has committed to saving pollinators and their habitats with his signing of the Monarch Pledge. The mayor looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the city.

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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 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.
  • 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.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.