Monarch Conservation Toolbox

Pilot Projects

Driftless Area Monarch Habitat Restoration & Education

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

United States

Agency Type

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat

Original Language

“The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation will restore and maintain 94 acres [38 hectares] of monarch habitat on protected conservation lands in the milkweed restoration corridor. The project will also conduct outreach and education to local and regional landowners to help establish additional acres [hectares] of monarch habitat on private lands” (Edelen 2015). The restoration to native prairie will occur on old farmland present on the Jo Daviess’ Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve and Wapello Land and Water Reserve.

These efforts will bolster the ongoing restoration at both these reserves. With support from the National Wildlife Federation grant, six educational events and workshops targeted towards private landowners will occur in 2016 that help people create habitat for monarchs at their homes. Twin Ponds Research Farm has pledged to donate 5000 milkweed plugs for distribution to landowners at these events. The restoration will occur from 2016 to 2018 (Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation 2016).