DeLand has been named a Monarch City USA, becoming the first city in the state of Florida to hold that distinction.
(DeLand, FL) – DeLand has been named a Monarch City USA,
becoming the first city in the state of Florida to hold that distinction.
The goal of Monarch City USA, a nonprofit organization based
in Maple Valley, Washington, is to encourage municipalities to support the
monarch butterfly population. According to the Center for Biological Diversity,
the Monarch butterfly population was an estimated 682 million in 1997 compared
to 150 million counted in 2016 – a nearly 80 percent decline over a 19 year
Local citizens encouraged the city to explore becoming a
Monarch City and after reviewing the request the city decided to apply.
By supporting the organization, DeLand will work with local
conservation and garden groups to create butterfly gardens throughout the city.
Officials will also encourage residents to plant native milkweed and nectar
plants, which are vital to the monarch species. The city will also post
“Monarch City USA” signs at its major entry points.
“The City of DeLand has a long history of supporting
conservation efforts by preserving our beautiful oak trees as evidenced by our
30 year designation as a Tree City. My hope is that decades from now the
Monarch butterfly will thrive alongside our trees,” said Mayor Bob Apgar.
For more information on the program, go to www.monarchcityusa.com.