The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy now includes best management practices to guide Iowans in helping to increase monarch butterfly habitat.
Establishing and maintaining monarch habitat on agricultural lands, urban and suburban areas, rural roadside rights of way and public lands is essential for Iowa to meet its monarch conservation goal of establishing 480,000 to 830,000 acres of habitat by 2038. These goals were outlined in the strategy, released in March of 2018, by the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.
Iowa's strategy is part of a multi-state plan of 16 states. Iowa's milkweed goals represent approximately 12% of the regional habitat goal.