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Pledge Date

Friday, March 31, 2023

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City of Herculaneum

Herculaneum, MO

Ryan Wright


Pledge Summary

The City of Herculaneum is located in east central Missouri in Jefferson County. The city has a population of 4,460+ and is located on the Mississippi River about 30 miles south of St. Louis, MO. For the past eight years, Mayor Bill Haggard has committed to saving the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators by signing this pledge and personally carrying out the various action items. The mayor and city look forward to continuing their efforts to engage the residents into building more pollinator habitat throughout the city.

Community Spotlight

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.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.

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.