The National Wildlife Federation

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Friday, February 3, 2023

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City of Parma Heights

Parma heights, OH

Marie Gallo


Pledge Summary

Mayor Marie Gallo accepted the Mayors' Monarch Pledge in tandem with her goal to expand the Parks and Recreation Department in Parma Heights. She is committed to engaging her community in supporting wildlife and educating them on their value and purpose. Mayor Gallo will continue to expand her city pollinator gardens and fight the invasive species in our local parks!

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Mayor Gallo's Monarch Pledge

Mayor Gallo's Monarch Pledge


Ordinance No. 2022-20

On June 27th, 2022 City Council unanimously passed the amendment to chapter 678.01 in the Parma Heights codified ordinances removing ironweed & milkweed from the noxious plant list, legalizing the planting of the native species in Parma Heights.

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Spring Hill Nursery

All plants for our demonstration gardens were donated by Spring Hill Nursery in the neighboring city of Seven Hills.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.