“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Originally posted to Monarch Joint Venture news.
We are pleased to welcome the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) to the Monarch Joint Venture’s network of partners. A 49 year old, volunteer-governed organization, MPF is the only organization in Missouri whose land conservation efforts are devoted exclusively to native grasslands. We are excited to bring their practical prairie conservation information, native plant marketing experience, and information and outreach network into our coalition to strengthen monarchs across the country.
MPF’s mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research. With the adoption of its Grow Native! program, MPF promotes the use of native plants for landscaping, stormwater management, wildlife and pollinator habitat, and livestock forage.
The Grow Native! program reaches throughout the lower Midwest, a key area for monarch habitat. Within this area, the program helps market the native plant products and services of its professional members such as nursery owners, native seed producers, landscape architects and land care professionals. It also drives demand for native plants by educating consumers of their benefits.
In addition to the Grow Native! program, all of MPF’s conservation activities benefit monarch butterflies. MPF has acquired and stewards more than 3,000 acres of original and some reconstructed prairie in 18 tracts of land, which provides habitat for at least 11 species of Asclepias and dozens of native plants that are nectar sources for monarchs. Thousands of acres of native prairie throughout the state have been protected with help from MPF and their advocacy for wildlife-friendly agricultural and energy policies and strong federal and state conservation funding.
MPF has a variety of monarch butterfly conservation accomplishments and projects to date. MPF:
MPF is dedicated to inspiring citizens to conserve prairie resources, sharing strategies for prairie conservation, encouraging prairie ecosystem research, and promoting the use of native plants. We are excited to partner with the Missouri Prairie Foundation in their work to create healthy habitats for monarchs in Missouri and across the lower Midwest.
For more information, visit their website.