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Naperville Parks District: Naperville Park District Receives The Jane Foulser Habitat Award …

October 15, 2021

At the Naperville Park District board meeting on October 14, 2021, representatives of the DuPage Monarch project presented the Park District with the Jane Foulser Habitat Award 2021 for its commitment to creating and maintaining monarch habitats in parks.

Connie Schmidt, one of the honorary directors of the DuPage Monarch project, cited the district’s long-term plans to restore and stabilize pond and river banks with native plants and to convert underutilized lawns into habitats for pollinators. The district added 7.16 acres of pollinator habitat in 2021 and plans to continue adding native plant habitats each year.

The DuPage Monarch Project is a volunteer-led organization that aims to raise public awareness of the plight of pollinators and to work to ensure that more healthy habitats are available to them. In 2016, the Naperville Park District was among many public entities that became signatories to the DuPage Monarch Project, which means they signed resolutions to preserve and promote the habitat of monarchs. Since then, the Naperville Park District has added 5 monarch way stations, hosted a monarch festival, bred and released 175 monarch butterflies at Knoch Knolls Nature Center, and created more than 17 acres of pollinator habitat in parks across the community.

“We appreciate the work of the DuPage Monarch Project, advocating actions that organizations and individuals can take to protect monarchs and other pollinators,” said Eric Shutes, director of planning. “Restoring diverse habitats for pollinators and other wildlife is an important part of our environmental responsibility.”

For updates and information on the district’s environmental initiatives, visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/greeninitiatives.

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