November 30, 2015
Illinois NRCS will have a new funding opportunity in fiscal year 2016 to establish monarch habitat.
Illinois is one of ten states in the Midwest and Southern Plains to target conservation and financial
assistance to the monarch butterfly through creation and enhancement of monarch habitat,
including planting milkweed species. $4 million dollars has been committed for use in the ten state
region for Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural
Easement Program (ACEP). For Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), there will be no special funding, but monarch habitat enhancements will be offered to support the project.
Field offices and interested partners and producers can find more about the monarch butterfly habitat
development strategy, plant list, and additional resources on the national NRCS website.
We anticipate receiving program guidance and instructions sometime in January 2016. This project is a high priority for the agency, department and White House. I would like to see
Illinois leading the effort with interested producers. Watch for more guidance to come.
Eric A. Gerth Acting State Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service