The National Wildlife Federation

Community Profile

Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Friday, February 25, 2022

Program Year

2022

Links and Uploads

View Links and Uploads

Action Item Report

Download Report

Town of Normal

Normal, IL

Chris Koos

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Town of Normal, home of Illinois State University, is located in Central Illinois. Glaciers had created the prairie land that originally covered the northern two-thirds of the state. The monarch butterfly, the state insect, lived on these prairies. Illinois had become known as "The Prairie State." But unfortunately, most of Illinois ' prairies are gone. The majority of these lands were converted to agricultural fields. The Town of Normal is committed to preserving and restoring native prairie plantings that serves both as an aesthetic and recreational amenity while providing wildlife habitat, especially for the monarch butterfly.

Community Spotlight

afe88ff2-ca0d-4c7d-87e9-a6ecce1a3d50

Perennial plants outgrow annuals in Normal

Landscape beds in Normal's parks and at many municipal facilities were comprised primarily of annual flower beds. Horticulturalists have converted most of these beds to perennial pollinators. The revisions should be completed by the summer of 2023.

597a408a-b752-4c17-80e2-e2af44bd78b1

Underwood Park and Vernon Avenue planted

Native grasses and prairie pollinators were successfully planted at Underwood Park and at Vernon Avenue along the Constitution Trail. Staff was excited that the first year establishment exceeded expectations. More to come.

818c4802-c3fb-4c37-a8d1-db2736dfe7df

Maxwell Park Disc Golf Course

The installation of the newly designed disc golf course in Maxwell Park will allow for the establishment of additional native pollinators. Plans are for milkweed and other wild flowers to be planted within the tall grass areas on the course.

Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.

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 milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.

Systems Change

  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.