Two resolutions are presented here as samples to serve as a starting point for one written for your community.

  • We suggest preparing a resolution tailored to your community’s needs and preferences by researching local  sustainability, native plants or relevant green initiatives consistent with the goals of the DuPage Monarch Project which can be included
  • It is important that the Environmental Concerns Committee, Village Board, Mayor, and/or Village Manager know the resolution can be modified to fit local conditions
  • No formal reporting on implementation is required, no expenditures are mandated
  • Each municipality may implement the resolution as they choose though it is suggested certain actions be considered
  • Ideas for how communities can become more monarch friendly
  1. Plant a demonstration butterfly garden with care given to include milkweed species on city owned land in a location with good foot traffic. Include signage explaining the monarch’s life cycle and identifying the plants.
  2. Include information about milkweed, monarchs, nectar plants, pollinators, how to reduce pesticide usage on village TV channels
  3. Develop a flyer for residents about monarchs, butterfly gardens, alternatives to pesticide usage that is available at village hall, included with water bills, on the village website, in the village newsletter
  4. Feature a monarch themed float in annual parades
  5. Offer monarch related projects to Eagle Scouts
  6. Include native milkweed and nectar plants in ornamental plantings on city land
  7. Include native milkweed and nectar plants in local naturalized areas
  8. Feature monarchs and other pollinators in annual sidewalk art displays
  9. Host a showing of Monarch Mania https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRNw0WhsJMw
  10. Partner with local schools and park district on monarch themed events
  11. Host a native plant sale, post information about local native plant sales on village web site
  12. Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants
  13. Integrate monarch conservation into future conservation and sustainability planning
  14. Ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides

     

SAMPLE RESOLUTION 1

     WHEREAS, sustainability principles contained in the 2013 Sustainability Framework 2013 provide guidance for land use in the Village of Lombard; and

     WHEREAS, the Lombard Village code allows native landscaping which reduces storm water, emissions and pesticide/fertilizer run off and provides wildlife corridors; and

     WHEREAS, the 2013 Sustainability Framework calls for the Village to explore pesticide and fertilizer-free techniques for maintaining open spaces where feasible; and

     WHEREAS, the Village of Lombard, located in north eastern Illinois, has long been on the annual monarch butterfly’s migration route of thousands of miles from Mexico to Canada and has provided monarch caterpillars with native milkweed species, their sole source of food; and

     WHEREAS, Illinois designated the iconic monarch butterfly as the official state insect in 1975 as the result of lobbying by Illinois schoolchildren; and

     WHEREAS, scientific studies point to the rapid decline of the monarch butterfly due to the loss of milkweed habitat needed to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to eat, resulting from development, land management practices, and chemically-aided agriculture in the United States and Canada; and

     WHEREAS, because the decimation of pollinators, including the North American monarch, which serves as an iconic species, has potential negative consequences for natural ecosystems as well as for human food production, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently studying the species to determine if it should be listed under the Endangered Species Act; and

     WHEREAS, on a national level conservation organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have undertaken efforts to reinvigorate milkweed and other nectar-producing plants to help restore monarch habitat in open spaces and suburban and urban gardens; and

     WHEREAS, because there are many different species of milkweed in the U.S., it is important to recognize that only native milkweed is vital to the restoration and survival of the monarch habitat in Illinois; and

     WHEREAS, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, The Conservation Foundation and Wild Ones of Greater DuPage, a native plant advocacy group, are encouraging communities to plant native milkweed and valuable nectar plants where appropriate; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE VILLAGE BOARD OF LOMBARD, ILLINOIS:
The City Manager is directed to improve and increase available monarch habitat through the identification of city owned land where native milkweed species and nectar plants can appropriately be incorporated into existing and new plantings; create at least one monarch way station on city owned land that meets Monarch Watch certification criteria; make educational materials available to homeowners about the monarch life cycle and where homeowners can purchase attractive, site appropriate milkweed species for residential landscaping; and protect pollinators by reducing the use of pesticides on city owned land while also encouraging residential and business property owners to reduce pesticide use.

Sample Resolution 2

WARRENVILLE PARK DISTRICT DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLNOIS

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO WORK WITH THE DUPAGE MONARCH PROJECT TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE AVAILABLE MONARCH HABITAT

WHEREAS, the City of Warrenville code allows native landscaping which reduces storm water, emissions and pesticide/fertilizer run off; and

WHEREAS, the Park Districts Environmental Policy calls for the Park District to explore pesticide and fertilizer-free techniques for maintaining open spaces where feasible; and

WHEREAS, the Warrenville Park District, located in north eastern Illinois, has long been on the annual monarch butterfly’s migration route of thousands of miles from Mexico to Canada and has provided monarch caterpillars with native milkweed species, their sole source of food; and

WHEREAS, Illinois designated the iconic monarch butterfly as the official state insect in 1975 as the result of lobbying by Illinois schoolchildren; and

WHEREAS, scientific studies point to the rapid decline of the monarch butterfly due to the loss of milkweed habitat needed to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to eat, resulting from development, land management practices, and chemically-aided agriculture in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, because the decimation of pollinators, including the North American monarch, which serves as an iconic species, has potential negative consequences for natural ecosystems as well as for human food production, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently studying the species to determine if it should be listed under the Endangered Species Act; and

WHEREAS, on a national level conservation organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have undertaken efforts to reinvigorate milkweed and other nectar-producing plants to help restore monarch habitat in open spaces and suburban and urban gardens; and

WHEREAS, because there are many different species of milkweed in the U.S., it is important to recognize that only native milkweed is vital to the restoration and survival of the monarch habitat in Illinois; and

WHEREAS, the Field Museum, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club and Greater DuPage Wild Ones, a native plant advocacy group, are encouraging communities to plant native milkweed and valuable nectar plants where appropriate

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PARK DISTRICT BOARD OF WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS:

The Executive Director is directed to work with the DuPage Monarch Project to improve and increase available monarch habitat through the identification of park district owned and leased land to:

  • Identify and certify existing qualifying areas that are planted to encourage monarch and pollinator habitat
  • Conduct an inventory of where native milkweed species and nectar plants can appropriately be incorporated into existing and new plantings and, create at least one new monarch way station on park district owned or leased land that meets Monarch Watch certification criteria.
  •  Encourage residents to provide monarch friendly habitat on their own property by providing a program about the crisis and encourage individuals to plant appropriate native milkweed waystations and pollinator plants.
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