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Help save the western monarch population!

Monarch on manzanita
Monarch on manzanita, photo courtesy of Kyle Ball, 2021.



Western monarch populations have dropped by over 99% since the 1980s (Pelton EM, et. al., 2019). Studies indicate the critical importance of restoring breeding and migratory habitat in California as monarch populations may be near their extinction threshold. Farmers and ranchers on the Central Coast manage essential overwintering and migratory habitat for western monarch populations. In 2021, the US-LT RCD was awarded multiple grants to help improve monarch habitat on working lands within our district. While many landowners may be interested in doing their part to help this iconic species, the cost for planning, implementing, and maintaining monarch habitat can be prohibitive. Our grant funding helps provide technical guidance to landowners to improve monarch habitat through site specific plans and native species recommendations. Additionally, the formation of a Regional Monarch Working Group is a key component to one of our monarch grant programs. The goal of the Regional Monarch Working Group is to help local partners collaborate on monarch conservation to scale up and speed up restoration efforts on the Central Coast. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to become part of developing the Regional Monarch Working Group, please contact Amy Smart at


US-LT RCD Monarch Plant List.pdf