Wisconsin Monarch Conservation Strategy

pollinator-friendly garden
Photo Credit: Paul Skawinski
monarch butterfly
Photo Credit: Jay Watson
pollinator-friendly garden
Photo Credit: Paul Skawinski
Link to Strategy
Public comment period until May 29, 2019.

As part of a regional effort to reverse decades of declines in the eastern monarch butterfly population, organizations representing agriculture, transportation, utilities, protected lands, and urban and greenspace from across Wisconsin have created a voluntary blueprint to help monarchs. Our goal is ambitious: adding about 120 million milkweed to the landscape by 2038 with the help from every capable and willing person, company, organization, and agency in the state.

Created by members of the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, the Wisconsin Monarch Conservation Strategy has a timeframe from 2019 to 2038. This roadmap aims to provide an overarching strategy that individual agency and partner strategies can draw from and that is supportive of successful ongoing work in Wisconsin. Themes and areas of shared interest that were identified can hopefully continue to increase cooperation within and between sectors across the state to more efficiently reverse the decline of the monarch butterfly.

The founding members of the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative were organized into six separate Working Groups: Agriculture, Communications & Outreach, Protected Lands, Research & Monitoring, Rights-of-Way, and Urban & Green Space. The co-leads of each Working Group facilitated meetings in order to finalize their sections of the strategy.