The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Thursday, March 9, 2023

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Village of Seneca

Seneca, IL

Jeff Olson


Pledge Summary

The Village of Seneca is located in central Illinois with a population of 2,353. Seneca is proud of its three parks, including Crotty Park, Graves Park and the LST Boat Launch, with the recent addition of a Bark Park for our furry friends. We have beautiful planters throughout downtown Seneca and flower beds in all of our parks. Our community garden, located behind village hall on Main Street, has a butterfly garden that was recently planted by our local Girl Scouts. Graves Park has a pollinator garden and beautifully attracts butterflies of all types. Mayor Olson is committed to the National Wildlife Federation Mayors' Monarch Pledge and looks forward to adding more pollinators to our beautiful village.

Community Spotlight

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.

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.
  • Convert vacant lots to monarch 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).
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.