Grant Received to Establish Monarch Habitat

monarch-butterfly_M1uYQD__Pathfinders RC&D was awarded a $227,400 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project is titled “Collaborating Within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to Establish Monarch Habitat on Marginal, Private Lands.”

The goal of the project is to establish establish monarch habitat on 3,311 acres of privately owned land in Iowa by enhancing existing programs within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. The programs include the Buffer Initiative Program, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, Abandoned Mine Land Program, and Urban Conservation Program.

The project will also feature outreach events to inform and engage Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality agency staff and the general public. Pathfinders has been a proud partner of the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality for many years.

The USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service is a major supporter of this funding program.