The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info.
Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.
Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort.
Governor Branstad asks for public comment on a nutrient reduction strategy developed over a two-year period by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.