The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

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City of Greenbelt

Greenbelt, MD

Emmett Jordan


Pledge Summary

The City of Greenbelt is located in Northern Prince George’s County, Maryland with a population of roughly 24,000. As a Bee City USA affiliate, Greenbelt is committed to the conservation of our native pollinators and spreading awareness about the challenges they face. This includes the iconic monarch butterfly. By creating habitat gardens, yearly milkweed giveaways, and promoting ecologically conscious gardening practices, Greenbelt will continue to support the monarch and pollinators of all persuasions. This pledge stands as a testament to that commitment.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.