Awarded to nonprofit conservation organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders across twenty-two states, the grants are expected to generate nearly $6 million in matching contributions and will support restoration of approximately sixteen thousand acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to the recovery of monarch populations.
Recipients include the Driftless Area Land Conservancy ($240,000), which will use the funds to coordinate efforts by more than a dozen organizations to restore and enhance monarch habitat on 1,650 acres of protected and private lands in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin; Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge ($87,000), which will recruit and train individuals to establish pollinator habitat in the greater Des Moines area; and the Conservation Foundation (nearly $250,000), which will work with a coalition of twelve public and private land conservation organizations to create or improve nine hundred and seventy-five acres of monarch habitat along the Fox River Valley in Illinois.
"It's been less than two years since the launch of the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "But already, conservation professionals and volunteers across the country are hard at work restoring habitats that allow these beautiful creatures to complete their incredible, multigenerational migration. The second round of grants announced today will accelerate those conservation efforts, providing swift support to a wildlife population in dire need of help."