The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Did Not Report

Pledge Date

Monday, February 22, 2021

Program Year

2021

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City of Kennedale/Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission

Kennedale, TX

Brian Johnson

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Kennedale is a city in north Texas with a population of roughly 8,000. The city is located just south of the DFW metroplex and is a small, growing bedroom community with three city parks and a community butterfly garden maintained by the Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission. Mayor Johnson of Kennedale, Texas has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with his signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. The Mayor has partnered with the Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission who will maintain the community butterfly demonstration garden and engages residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the city.

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Action Items Committed for 2021

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.
  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing 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

  • 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.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.