The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Friday, March 31, 2023

Program Year

2023

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2023

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City of Kennedale/Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission

Kennedale, TX

Jan Joplin

Mayor

Pledge Summary

Kennedale is a growing city with a population of 8500, located on the south edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Our city works in collaboration with the Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission to manage and maintain the city’s pollinator garden and Monarch Waystation located in the heart of Kennedale at TownCenter Park. Surrounded by the Library, City Hall, and Senior Center, TownCenter Park is where many of our community events are held, giving our citizens and visitors access to our garden. Mayor Joplin and the City of Kennedale are striving to create a more pollinator friendly community by engaging residents and promoting the importance of milkweed, native plants and pollinators. Keep Kennedale Beautiful is comprised of appointed members of the board as well as volunteers from around the community who have a love for our city and a passion to preserve the beauty that is around us. For more information, please see their webpage at https://www.cityofkennedale.com/135/KKB-Keep-Kennedale-Beautiful.

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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.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • 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.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • 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.