Over the past decade, the Western Monarch population has experienced steep declines due to a variety of factors including habitat loss. Milkweed, the monarch butterfly’s host plant, was once abundant in California farmlands and rangelands, therefore ranchers and farmers can play a key role in helping to revitalize the monarch population by managing existing milkweed stand on their properties and planting milkweed and other nectar plants. The Conservation Partnership can assist with planning and implementation of milkweed and nectar projects. We can also connect you with funding opportunities to help support your restoration efforts, including:
- Pollinator Toolkits from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (locally adapted milkweed and nectar species)
- EQIP funding through NRCS’ declining species program
- Leveraging other grant-funded opportunities
If you’re interested in learning more about our monarch conservation program, please contact us. And check back in for upcoming educational events and field days focused on milkweed and monarchs!