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Partnership Produces Conservation Plan to Save Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators in Arkansas

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan, a critical Arkansas strategy for conserving monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), pollinators, and their habitats, has been finalized and is now available online at arkansasmonarchs.org. The ANHC played a key role in contributing expertise and funding toward the development of this important plan for Arkansas.

Produced through the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership (AMCP), the plan provides a collaborative framework for individuals, organizations, businesses, and academia to support monarchs and pollinators in The Natural State through habitat restoration, research and monitoring, and education and outreach. Further, the plan identifies opportunities to merge state-level efforts with regional and national initiatives, thereby multiplying benefits for these species in decline due to habitat loss and other factors. Ultimately, the overarching goal of the plan is to sustain these species and protect their habitat in Arkansas for this and future generations.

In order to showcase the planning and on-the-ground efforts in Arkansas to protect the monarch butterfly, the AMCP produced a video “Wings of Hope: Monarchs in the Natural State.” The video, as well as other videos in the ANHC video collection, can be found at www.naturalheritage.com/Media/videos.

The AMCP, of which the ANHC is a member, is a consortium of state and federal agencies, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, businesses, academia, and private individuals working together to conserve and protect monarch butterflies, pollinators, and their habitats.



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