The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will establish prairie plantings on three sites containing both original prairie and also degraded areas to be improved, from just south of Kansas City, MO to just south of Joplin, MO. The areas at these three sites to be planted total more than 150 acres, and are currently in former row crops or formerly heavily grazed non-native pasture. They are immediately adjacent to original remnant prairies, so their restoration will provide important contiguous habitat for monarchs and other wildlife that depend upon prairies! These acres will be planted with a diverse mix of native prairie plugs (including six Asclepias species) over the next three years. Future seeds from these plantings will be collected by native seed suppliers for use on other monarch habitat enhancement projects statewide.
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.