Wake Forest named state’s first “Monarch Town USA”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:20am

Monarch City USA, a non-profit that advocates for cities and town to actively recover their monarch butterfly populations, has named Wake Forest the first “Monarch Town USA” in North Carolina. The designation means Wake Forest is committed to preserving and growing the monarch butterfly population.

Monarchs rely on the milkweed and nectar plants for their food and home. According to the Monarch City USA website, monarchcityusa.com, nearly a billion monarch butterflies have vanished since 1990 because those plants are disappearing across America. Monarch City USA encourages municipalities across the nation to reverse the trend and support the monarch butterfly population by planting monarch milkweed and nectar plants.

Wake Forest’s butterfly garden, which features the monarch-attracting milkweed and nectar plants, is in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Town crews recently installed signage at the park identifying the butterfly habitat.

For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

E. Carroll Joyner Park