Deschutes Land Trust partners with Old Mill District, Bend Park and Recreation to help the monarch butterfly

Oct 09, 2019
New milkweed plantings will help expand the number of milkweed plants and the Land Trust’s monarch conservation efforts in Central Oregon.


The Land Trust recently partnered with Bend Park and Recreation District and the Old Mill District to help monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies have seen a drastic 90% plus decline in population over the last two decades. The Land Trust is working with local partners to plant native milkweed, vital to the butterfly’s life cycle, in Central Oregon. Their latest partnership includes work with COCC, Bend Park and Recreation District, and the Old Mill District in Bend.

This week Bend Park and Recreation District staff planted 200 Land Trust-supplied milkweed at several parks along the Deschutes River. The planting was part of an annual employee river clean-up service project. Old Mill District staff also planted Land Trust-supplied milkweed on their land along the Deschutes River.

Many thanks to all these groups for their enthusiasm and support of the monarch butterfly! These plantings have helped expand the Land Trust’s monarch conservation efforts in Central Oregon. Milkweed is the exclusive plant on which adults lay eggs, and the only food source for their caterpillars. In addition, it provides a key nectar source for adults. The Land Trust has already planted native milkweed on their protected lands in the region, and partnerships like this allow us to bring conservation into the heart of the community.


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