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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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Bell Acres Borough


Kenneth Alvania


Pledge Summary

Bell Acres is a small community located in south western Pennsylvania, 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh Pa There is an abundance of green space in the rolling hills of this boro..Thru a survey done by our Planning Commission for our comprehensive plan, 98% of the residents what to keep the boro green. Council is working hard to follow the comprehensive plan. I think the Mayors for Monarchs program is a way for me to contribute in this effort. I plan to talk to surrounding watershed association, garden clubs and land trusts .about planting milkweed and other nectar rich flowering plants that's my pledge Mayor Alvania

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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.
  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.

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 milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.

Systems Change

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