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Mayor Padgett takes NWF's "Mayors’ Monarch Pledge”
Monday, November 30, 2015

Contacts:
Peter Franzese, City of Concord, franzese@concordnc.gov
Rose Rummel-Eury, Concord Wildlife Alliance, concordwildlifealliance@gmail.com
Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, GrantM@NWF.org, 617-855-9486

Concord Mayor Scott Padgett takes NWF’s “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge” to help save the Monarch Butterfly

CONCORD, NC - (November 30, 2015) – Earlier this month, Concord Mayor Scott Padgett took the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, signifying the City of Concord and Concord Wildlife Alliance's (CWA) committing to take specific actions to help the monarch and other pollinators. This new campaign will work with mayors and local government chief executives nationwide to help save the declining monarch butterfly.

While monarchs are found across the United States — numbering some 1 billion in 1996 — their numbers have declined by approximately 90 percent in recent years, a result of numerous threats, particularly loss of habitat due to agricultural practices, development and cropland conversion. Degradation of wintering habitat in Mexico and California has also had a negative impact on the species.

“Mayors and other local government officials play a pivotal role in advancing monarch butterfly conservation in urban and suburban areas,” said
Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “By working together we can ensure that every American child has a chance to experience majestic monarchs in their backyards and communities.”

Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, municipalities commit to creating habitats and educating citizens on ways they can make a difference in their very own home. Mayors who take the pledge commit to at least 3 of 25 specific actions to help save the monarch butterfly. Examples of Concord's planned actions include creating a monarch-friendly demonstration garden, identifying opportunities for revised mowing programs and native planting programs, supporting citizen-science efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health, and 22 other possible actions. After consulting with the City Council and City Manager Brian Hiatt about Concord's possible involvement with the program, Mayor Padgett signed the pledge in the Davis Theatre at CWA's November 6 screening of
Vanishing of the Bees.

"The City Council and I are proud that Concord is a certified Community Wildlife Habitat," said Mayor Padgett. "I believe the Mayor's Monarch Pledge is a natural next step that can be accomplished in a similar partnership with the volunteers of the Concord Wildlife Alliance and applaud their leadership and advocacy."

"We thank Mayor Padgett and the City Council for their foundational support that led to the creation of our chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation," said CWA president Jeff Fink. "I am also honored to be a part of the Concord Wildlife Alliance. Our small group of concerned wildlife enthusiasts are making tangible improvements to Concord that will help local wildlife for future generations. This pledge will help us continue to make a difference in improving the environment and local wildlife habitats."

Learn more at
NWF.org/MayorsMonarchPledge and get more updates from the National Wildlife Federation at NWF.org/News.


 

The Concord Wildlife Alliance, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, was established with the support of the City of Concord, by a group of citizen leaders as part of the 2014-2015 effort to establish Concord as a Community Wildlife Habitat. While the CWH program was a launching point, the CWA is focused on its long-term mission to protect and enhance Concord's natural resources and wildlife habitats, directed by a six-member board.

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