We are pleased to be able to participate in the collaborative partnership with the Conservation Foundation for the Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project. The Conservation Foundation has been awarded a nearly $250,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create and improve monarch butterfly habitat along the Fox River.
Partnering agencies and private land organizations include:
- Barrington Area Conservation Trust
- Campton Township
- Conserve Lake County
- Dundee Township
- Fermilab Natural Areas
- Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
- Forest Preserve District of Kendall County
- Forest Preserve District of Kane County
- Fox Valley Park District
- Land Conservancy of McHenry County
- Oswegoland Park District
The Fox Valley Monarch Corridor extends over 975 acres and will include the establishment and restoration of 10 multi-acre sites and hundreds of “stepping stone” sites on private land that will connect breeding and migration habitats of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
In addition to the large natural areas targeted, the project will increase the presence of milkweed in neighborhood yards and local business campuses to help link the pollinators to the larger areas during their migration through the area. Milkweed is essential for monarch survival as their main food source and where they lay eggs.
Work is expected to begin in early 2017, and must be completed within the two-year grant award period in 2019.