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Thursday, December 8, 2022

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Nibley City

Nibley, UT

Larry Jacobsen


Pledge Summary

Nibley is located in northern eastern Utah in the center of the beautiful and scenic Cache Valley. It is a small, bedroom community with a rural feel and a population of 7,500. One of the many features of Nibley is its abundant park system which includes Firefly Park. Firefly Park supports wild populations of both fireflies and monarchs and features a large pollinator garden that is tended to by the community. Mayor Jacobsen has committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with his signing of the Mayor’s Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents in building more pollinator habitat throughout the city and pursuing opportunities to educate the public on the value of pollinators in our ecosystems.

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Community Spotlight


Mayor Jacobsen

Mayor Jacobsen "planting" our Monarch Waystation sign at Nibley's pollinator garden, Firefly Park.


Sign at Firefly Park

Nibley adopted a "Dark Sky" ordinance to protect our natural firefly population and other nocturnal wildlife.


Fall Planting

Fall planting in the butterfly-shaped pollinator garden in Nibley. The Cache Valley Wildlife Association monitors and maintains the garden during the summer months.

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 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.
  • 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

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Host or support a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents in the community and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • 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.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly city by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • 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.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

Systems Change

  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).
  • Adopt ordinances that support reducing light pollution.