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Coalition Launches Campaign To Restore Monarch Habitats Across KS Grazing Lands

Courtesy The Monarch Crusader Facebook

The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition plans to have informational meetings early next year to help educate ranchers about its plan to help restore monarch habitats across Kansas grazing lands.

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Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition coordinator Barth Crouch.

The coalition received a $125,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help fund the $646,000 project. Coalition coordinator Barth Crouch says the project aims to change grazing management in the Red Hills and Flint Hills so that it’s better for pollinators. The group also plans to work with ranchers to determine best ways to get rid of invasive species. Crouch says it's an effort to restore habitat for the monarchs.

"They need to have grassland habitat that has the milkweed for them to live on and to lay eggs in and set the next generation going," he says. "Our grassland habitat is where they revive, revitalize and get new monarchs to head south with".

Crouch says the point of the grant is help pay for what works for monarchs that go through Kansas and native pollinators that live in the state year-round without any additional cost to ranchers.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.