The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Village of Ridgefield Park

Ridgefield Park, NJ

John Anlian


Pledge Summary

The Village of Ridgefield Park has a population of 13,000+ residents. The Hackensack River touches our borders us. The Village has recently completed work on a Nature Preserve and its official opening will be in the first half of 2023. We look forward to gradually expand our residents interest and knowledge in sustainable plantings they can do for monarch and pollinator conservation.

Community Spotlight


New Village of Ridgefield Park Nature Preserve

Work is nearing completion on Ridgefield Park’s own Nature Preserve complete with nature trails, a floating boardwalk, and educational exhibit panels. Grand Opening planned for Spring, 2023.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.