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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

Faulkes Heritage Woods
Replanting the landscape: Taking the long view of woodland recovery
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Carole Teator, Eastern Iowa Program Director at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. The…

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Backyard Woodland After Derecho 2
Backyard woodlands: An important forest resource
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Photo of Mark Vitosh, Iowa Department of Natural Resources The Gazette is…

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Replanting the landscape: Join the ‘unlawning’ movement
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The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a…

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Tree haulgin
Replanting the landscape: Companies help employees — and their yards
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Six Linn County companies are helping employees rebuild the tree canopy in their yards after the Aug. 10 derecho, which has been named the costliest thunderstorm in modern U.S. history, according to the Washington Post.

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