The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced on Sept. 28 a first round of grants totaling $3.3 million from its recently launched Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund (MBCF).
The 22 grants, which will be matched by more than $6.7 million in grantee contributions, will support the restoration of up to 33,000 acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to monarch recovery.
“NFWF and our partners acted very quickly to launch this new competitive grant program, and we were delighted to have drawn such a large number of excellent proposals,” said Lila Helms, NFWF’s executive vice president of external affairs. “The grants we announce today will fund on-the-ground projects that will quickly contribute to a healthier, more sustainable monarch population.”
Monarch butterflies are found throughout most of the United States, and a majority of the population migrates up to 3,000 miles to overwinter in Mexico. Over the past 20 years, the North American monarch population has plunged from 1 billion to fewer than 60 million, due to many factors, including loss of critical habitat. These beautiful, black-and-orange insects depend not only on nectar-producing plants throughout their range, but also milkweed — the primary food source for monarch caterpillars.
NFWF established the monarch fund in early 2015 to protect, conserve and increase habitat needed by these iconic insects and other pollinators. The MBCF is designed to leverage the investments made by federal agencies with additional funding from other private and public donors, as well as matching resources from grantees.
The successful first round of grants was made possible through funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Monsanto Company, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and private funds from NFWF.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.