Eagle Mountain City continues to support its landscape and wildlife conservation efforts.

Work will soon be underway to implement initiatives aimed at reducing water usage and promoting pollinator habitats, particularly for the monarch butterfly population.

The City is set to change some of the vegetation around City Hall to serve as a model for water-efficient landscaping. Spearheaded by discussions at the monthly Wildlife and Nature Education (WANE) meetings, the City has decided to embark on what staff has termed “pollinator projects.”

A crucial aspect of this endeavor involves creating monarch weigh stations, inspired by the advocacy of Rachel Taylor from Friends of Utah Monarchs. These stations will feature a variety of pollinator plants, including milkweed, strategically placed to attract and support monarch butterfly populations.

Notably, the City has sourced many of the plants locally, indicating their suitability for the region.

City Hall itself will see the change first, with plans to replace certain grass areas with drought-tolerant species. This move not only conserves water but also sets an example for residents to emulate in their own landscaping efforts.

Mayor Tom Westmore has given his approval to proceed with the initiatives, which align with broader efforts to engage with monarch conservation programs such as Monarch City USA and the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. These programs offer additional avenues for Eagle Mountain City to contribute to monarch conservation efforts at no cost.

Speaking on the matter, Wildlife Biologist Todd Black emphasized the importance of community involvement and expressed eagerness to share updates once the projects are completed.

As Eagle Mountain City takes proactive steps toward better environmental stewardship, it sets an example for municipalities striving to balance development with ecological responsibility.