The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Complete

Pledge Date

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Program Year

2022

Achievement

Leadership Circle

2022

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City of Pflugerville

Pflugerville, TX

Victor Gonzales

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Pledge Summary

The City of Pflugerville (COP), where quality meets life, is a vastly expanding city north of Austin, with a population of 60,345. The city has grown from 549 residents in 1970. Pflugerville’s uniqueness expands beyond its name and the “Pf”, Pflugerville has more than 500 acres of parks and 529 areas of open space and more than 40 miles of trails in the city’s only 11.3 square miles. Pflugerville is known for its pfamily-pfriendly atmosphere, for keeping a small-town feel in the midst of growth, and for its rich German culture; and others are noticing. The City of Pflugerville is ranked #70 on Livability's 2020 "Top 100 Best Small to Mid-Size Cities" list. Pflugerville reached 14 consecutive years of recognition as a Tree City USA from the Arbor Day Foundation and National Association of State Foresters for its efforts and commitments to urban forestry. Pflugerville has been named a Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, Pflugerville has received Platinum Level Scenic City Certification by Scenic Texas based on an evaluation of the city's parks, trails and open spaces, enhanced streetscapes, sign control, unique municipal features, special programs and other programs that affect overall visual appeal of the community. And finally, Pflugerville was also ranked in the 84th percentile out of over 1,200 U.S. cities on Wallethub's "2020's Best Small Cities in America" list.

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A Sanctuary for Monarchs

A Sanctuary for Monarch Butterflies was born in Pflugerville. https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov/Home/Components/News/News/8150/1065?backlist=%2F

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Action Items Committed for 2022

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.