Iowa RFA launches project to establish monarch butterfly habitats

December 28, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently launched the Monarch Fueling Station Project to help ethanol and biodiesel producers across the state establish monarch butterfly habitats on green spaces surrounding biofuels plants.

“Because of their migratory patterns, monarchs need small patches of habitat throughout the state. Even a tenth of an acre can make a difference. Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel plants are scattered across Iowa and also tend to have a lot of green space on their properties—making them excellent partners for this effort,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw.

Kevin Reynolds, who has over 30 years of experience in environmental conservation, will serve as the project’s habitat establishment coordinator. He will assist biofuels producers in the best practices to convert grassy areas into monarch fueling stations that contain vital milkweed plants and other wildflowers that support the monarch population.

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