FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale has pledged to protect monarch butterflies and other pollinators by signing the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge.
The City has committed to prioritizing pollinator-supportive landscaping and practices in current and future developments by pledging to the following measures:
- Protecting pollinators in Southern Illinois
- Raising awareness about pollinator decline
- Reviewing City code to encourage pollinator-supportive landscapes
- Correcting landscape maintenance practices that harm pollinators
- Creating a community "pollinator yards" pilot program to educate and support planting pollinator-supportive landscapes.
Carbondale joins a North American network of cities working to create habitat in public parks, public landscaping, vacant lots, roadsides, medians, green roofs, backyard gardens and open spaces throughout the community.
The City recognizes the importance of biodiverse ecosystems and their impact on human health, food systems, soil, and air quality. For more information, visit NWF.org/MayorsMonarchPledge.
“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”