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Planting Forward Resources


Our Vision

The Vision of Monarch Research is a vibrant, thriving pollinator habitat throughout Linn County with a sustainable growing monarch population.

Our Mission

Monarch Research is a catalyst for action among public private partnerships and local landowners focusing efforts on a controlled community of interest (Linn County). The “lessons learned” create a playbook on how communities across America can create living landscapes sufficient enough to flatten the steep downward trend in the insect population (bees, butterflies, Pollinators) and associated species.

Restore Native Habitat

Partnering with ISU researchers, MRP’s Pollinator Zones™ are committed to expand native habitat for pollinators on public and private lands in Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Save the Monarchs

Our objective is to develop Monarch Zones® (MZ)—homes, cities, and counties that are committed to our goal of repopulating the butterfly population. We have established close to 200 Monarch Zones in and around Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Starting Locally, then Expanding

The MRP is working with the eastern Iowa governments and citizens to establish monarch and habitat models that can be replicated in other communities. Learn more.

Recent News

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Tree Orders OPEN: Planting Forward for Woodlands
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Planting Forward for Woodlands IOWA NATIVE TREE RESTORATION Planting Forward for Woodlands…

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Planting Forward for Woodlands: Coming Soon
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Woodland Planting Forward program coming soon!

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30,000 Trees!
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The Monarch Research Project is providing trees to EVERY school employee across…

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October is Monarch and Milkweed Month: get free seeds!
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In recognition of October being named “Monarch and Milkweed Month” in Cedar…

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