Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan
The Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership Steering Committee, a multi-stakeholder partnership of conservation organizations and government entities, released on October 5th, the first draft of the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan. This plan represents a multi-level approach for the state of Arkansas that provides opportunities for individuals, organizations, and government to come together in support of the conservation and protection for monarch butterflies, pollinators, and their habitats. The group is currently conducting a “Public Review and Comment” phase of the plan development and they invite any and all comments on the plan. A link to a standardized comment form is available online. Comments can also be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The focus areas for the development of this plan were to:
- set goals for monarch and pollinator habitat efforts in the state, including strengthening existing work, identifying gaps, and prioritizing actions,
- create a holistic, coordinated statewide strategy for supporting monarchs and pollinators,
- develop a collaborative effort to attract resources needed to the state’s monarch population while boosting populations of all pollinator species, and
- identify opportunities to integrate our efforts with other regional and national initiatives.