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Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan

This Nebraska plan aims to conserve and grow monarch populations to avoid the need for a threatened or endangered species listing.

In order to develop an effective conservation strategy for monarchs and other insect pollinators, a team for this planning project reached out to stakeholders with the goal of being all-inclusive. Input weaved into this plan came primarily from conservation practitioners, government organizations, non-government organizations, agricultural groups, businesses, and educators who met to express their ideas and concerns at a summit in Lincoln, Nebraska, in February 2016. With partners communicating and in many cases working collaboratively to conserve habitat for monarchs, we may be able to conserve the species’ migration and breeding by growing population levels to a stable size, and avoid a need for threatened or endangered listing.

Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Summit

In February 2016, 55 organizations and businesses gathered at the Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Summit to provide input used to develop the plan shared above. Participating groups included:

  • Center for Rural Affairs
  • City Sprouts
  • Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s Office
  • Crane Trust
  • Creighton University
  • Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, Inc.
  • Friends of the Niobrara, Inc.
  • Glacier Creek Preserve
  • Great Plains Nursery
  • Green Bellevue
  • Homestead National Monument
  • Lancaster County Engineer
  • Lincoln Parks and Recreation
  • Lincoln Public Schools
  • Loveland Garden Club
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Monarch Flyway
  • Monarch Gardens
  • Monarch Watch
  • Monsanto
  • National Park Service
  • Nebraska Association of Resource Districts
  • Nebraska Corn Board
  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  • Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Nebraska Ducks Unlimited
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust
  • Nebraska Extension, Lancaster County
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau
  • Nebraska Farm Service Agency
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Nebraska Land Trust
  • Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Nebraska Pheasants Forever, Inc.
  • Nebraska Soybean Association
  • Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
  • Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
  • Nebraska Weed Control Association
  • Nebraska Wildlife Federation
  • Northern Prairies Land Trust
  • Omaha Public Schools
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • Prairie Plains Resource Institute
  • Sandhills Task Force
  • Save Our Monarchs Foundation
  • Spring Creek Prairie Audubon
  • Syngenta
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska–Omaha
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wachiska Audubon Society
  • Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

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