The National Wildlife Federation

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Friday, March 31, 2023

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Borough of Franklin Park

Borough of Franklin Park, PA

Dennis O'Keefe


Pledge Summary

Franklin Park Borough is quiet, safe, residential suburb of 15,500 people located approximately 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Borough has four active parks and has recently acquired an additional 40 acres of green space to incorporate into the park system. Mayor O'Keefe is committed to monarch and pollinator conservation, and the Borough has begun the process of restoring unused lawn areas on Borough property with native trees, shrubs and pollinator plants, including milkweed.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.