The City of Irving has joined hundreds of cities across the U.S. in support of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, whose populations have declined, by signing the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Irving supports a healthy environment for the community and wildlife. As a city, Irving has pledged to complete eight of 25 action Items within three over-arching categories:
Communications and Convening
Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
Launch a public communications effort encourage citizens to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods.
Communicate with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
Convene city, park and public works department staff and identify opportunities for revised mowing programs and milkweed/native nectar plant planting programs.
Program and Demonstration Gardens
Host or support a native plant sale or milkweed seed giveaway event.
Plant milkweed and native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
Add milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.