The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Friday, March 3, 2023

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City of Mesquite

Mesquite, TX

Daniel Aleman, Jr


Pledge Summary

The city of Mesquite is a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and is just fifteen minutes east of downtown Dallas. The population is 143,000 and to keep the population engaged, we have a very extensive parks and recreation system dedicated to the education, preservation, and expansion of pollinator and native habitats. One such endeavor, the Paschall Park Butterfly Trail, is maintained and monitored by Keep Mesquite Beautiful and its dedicated volunteers. Annually, volunteers improve the habitat, apply for monarch butterfly host plant grants, and assist in tagging the butterfly population. Mesquite aims to be a dynamic and engaging community while ensuring native beauty is embraced at its core.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).

Systems Change

  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).