The Trump Administration announced this week that Monarch butterfly protections under the Endangered Species Act are warranted but precluded. This means that there is need for protections but that no action would be taken in the immediate future.
This inaction will not help struggling monarch populations and necessitates efforts to conserve their food sources and habitats.
The Endangered Species Coalition’s Pollinator Protectors project emphasizes the use of native milkweed and native nectaring plants for planting projects across the United States. We focus on partnering with local native plant nurseries to source plant materials providing the greatest benefit to Monarchs and other pollinators. One native plant nursery, Draggin’ Wing High Desert Nursery in Boise Idaho, has partnered with ESC since 2016 to provide plant material for habitat restoration at water catchment sites managed by the Ada County Highway District.