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MONARCH’S DECLINE DRAWS ATTENTION
The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands
for Wildlife, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Populations of monarchs, a pollinator species cherished across North
America, have declined significantly during the past two decades.
This collaboration aims to help the species recover by working with
agricultural producers to make wildlife-friendly improvements on their
farms, ranches and forests.
“Producers can make simple and inexpensive tweaks on working lands that
provide monumental benefits to monarch butterflies and a variety of other
insects and wildlife,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller. “By adding the
monarch to Working Lands for Wildlife, we can accelerate conservation for
the species at the heart of its migration corridor.”
NRCS and USFWS recently completed a conference report that explains how
conservation practices can help the eastern monarch population, a species
known for its remarkable annual, multi-generational migration between
central Mexico and the United States and Canada.
This report is an initial step toward adding the monarch to WLFW, which
uses a science-based, targeted approach to help a variety of at-risk
“We need to make every effort to help ensure monarchs don’t become
endangered now and in the long term,” said USFWS Midwest Regional Director
“Conservation efforts on agricultural lands across the nation can have a
significant positive impact on monarchs as well as many other pollinator
insects and birds.
Working with farmers and other private landowners, we can ensure a future
filled with monarchs.”
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