You can help Monarch butterflies by planting or restoring habitat on your property.
Funds are available from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to enhance or restore Monarch butterfly habitat by planting pollinator-friendly plant species. Funding for this project is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Beginning May 2, funding for habitat enhancement/ restoration on 1 to 30-acre plots will be available to ranchers, farmers or private landowners. In addition, funding for butterfly gardens will be available to entities such as schools, businesses or municipalities.
In rural open space areas, funding has been set at $375 per acre and for butterfly gardens will be $5.60 per square foot.
Eligible participants will need to download a request form from the TSSWCB at www.tsswcb.texas.gov/monarch after May 2. Each application will be submitted through the applicants local Soil and Water Conservation District. To find your local SWCD click on your county on this map – tsswcb.texas.gov/en/swcds/locatormap.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, established in 1939, administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs to agricultural producers through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution.
The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program to increase available surface and ground water through the targeted control of water-depleting brush in areas in need of water conservation.