Loss of habitat in the Central U.S. has been a major contributor to the decline in monarch populations over the last two decades. The Iowa DNR will construct a greenhouse to increase local production of native milkweeds and other forbs in partnership with the USFWS, the Iowa DNR Parks Bureau, and the Iowa Department of Corrections. This greenhouse will be capable of producing over 20,000 plugs per year, including milkweed species such as Asclepias verticillata and Asclepias tuberosa as well as many additional native nectar species for monarchs. This project will help the Iowa DNR’s Prairie Resource Center become a self sustaining seed source for their own, and local partner, monarch habitat restorations!
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.