Did you know Zionsville has multiple parks with prairies that are in progress or established? According to The Nature Conservancy, grasslands and prairies are among the world’s most imperiled ecosystems. They are threatened by the spread of invasive species and the fragmentation and urbanization of grassland habitat. Previously in Indiana, prairies made up about 15% of the state and were located in primarily northwest and west central regions.
The re-introduction of prairie landscapes helps reduce the need for labor intensive and high cost maintenance of turf grasses (i.e., mowing and fertilization). Native plantings also provide food sources for native wildlife including birds and important pollinator species.
Mayor's Monarch Pledge Leadership Circle
Mayors and other heads of local and tribal government are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose eastern populations have declined by 90% and western populations by 99% in recent years. Through the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.