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A Shared Vision for Monarch Habitat Landscape-scale Habitat and Holistic Planning

Date: 06/22/17

The South-Central Monarch Symposium held May 31-June 1, 2017 in Austin, and convened by Texan by Nature was an extremely well-organized event and a resounding success. Bill Bartush, the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCP LCC) Coordinator presented on “A Shared Vision for Monarch Habitat Landscape-scale Habitat and Holistic Planning” by the GCP LCC and partners, to benefit all species, including “monarchs, grasslands, and cities!”  Jim Giocomo, GCP LCC Steering Committee Chair and Director of the Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, made the connection for the audience between Monarchs and “Grassland-dependent Species including Pollinators and Migratory Birds.”  With three representatives from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation in attendance as well as the Sand County Foundation, there were high hopes leaving the meeting that participants will move forward with establishment of a Great Plains Planning Consortium to benefit Monarchs and grasslands of the region.  Specifically, participants saw much value and many opportunities for increasing citizen science relative to Monarch conservation.


Texan by Nature is a nonprofit organization founded by Laura Bush with a mission to “Spur Texan-led conservation that produces tangible benefits for people, prosperity, and natural resources.”  In June, current director Erin O’Neil Franz is stepping down and our own Matt Wagner, former GCP LCC Chair, will serve as interim director of operations during the period of transition while a new executive director is confirmed by theTexan by Nature Board of Directors.