The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Friday, January 22, 2021

Program Year

Program Year 2021

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City of Houston

Houston, TX

Sylvester Turner

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The City of Houston contains a land area of 671 square miles and has a population of 2.3 million people. The city is located near the gulf coast and contains and is surrounded by multiple ecoregions, including coastal prairies and marshes, pineywoods, Columbia bottomlands, and post oak savannah. Mayor Turner has committed to working to save the monarch butterfly through numerous conservation efforts throughout the city.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for Program Year 2021

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Facilitate or support a milkweed seed collection and propagation effort.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • 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).
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.