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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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City Of Marengo

Marengo, IL

John Koziol


Pledge Summary

Marengo is a community of 7,200 residents on the western side of McHenry County, one of the collar counties of Chicago. Many residents are interested in vegetable and flower gardening, but there is also a lot of turf managed by the city/ park/ schools/ churches/ HOA's that could be converted to pollinator gardens. There is a facebook page called Marengo-Union Mayors Monarch Pledge that has 159 followers, and where the site stewards have been gleened from. 2021 was the first year for Marengo in this program, and 8 sites were started successfully

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Indian Oaks Park - Marengo IL

2nd site to be prepared for 2022 planting. The site is on NW side of the Indian Oak's park property. Seeds will be planted in either spring of 2022 or fall of 2022 dependent on site readiness. The site is prepped with tarp and landscape fabric.

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Convert vacant lots to monarch habitat.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.