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    What is Community Conservation?

    Community conservation involves every member of our community including the city, local businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, and individuals.  Our goal is to improve the quality of the environment for people and wildlife.  The following projects and programs outline some of what the Office of Sustainability is doing to engage the community in natural resource conservation as well as to conserve our natural landscapes. 

    Monarch Butterfly Conservation

    City staff planting native plants at City Hall.
    City staff installing native plants at City Hall to create a monarch butterfly garden.
    The garden attracted tons of monarch butterflies that laid their eggs on milkweed leaves.
    A mature native plant garden at City Hall.
    The garden two years later is still producing monarch caterpillars and provides an element of nature to our downtown scenery.





    CoMo Wild Yards Program

    A volunteer program created to help participating homeowners manage their backyards for conservation. Volunteer habitat advisers conduct on-site consultations and provide a land management plan for homeowners to improve their backyard habitat.


    Sustain CoMo Internship Program

    An internship that provides college students with opportunities to work with local professionals on sustainability projects that are associated with the City of Columbia, Boone County, and more.

    Median and Roundabout Pollinator Project

    Our medians and roundabouts in Columbia have a ton of green space, but are covered with turf grass. Turf grass does not support native pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Therefore, the Public Works Department, Sustainability Office, Volunteer Services, and Stormwater have partnered to design manageable native plantings that citizens will be able to adopt through our Adopt-a-Spot beautification program. Click on the link to learn more! 

    Rock Quarry Road Glade Restoration

    Rock Quarry Road was designated by City Council as a scenic roadway in 1998. After the removal of woody vegetation on the northern section of the scenic roadway the City consulted with the Rock Quarry Road Scenic Roadway Stakeholder Advisory Group to develop a plan for the creation of a glade in the cleared space. Glade habitat is home to many unique plant and animal species. 

    Mayors for Monarchs: Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

    In October 2016 Mayor Treece and City Council signed the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge that is administered by the National Wildlife Federation. This pledge commits Columbia to conserving habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinating species. As part of the pledge the City has agreed to the following three (3) action items:

    1. Create a monarch butterfly demonstration garden at City Hall using native plants – complete!
    2. Improve invasive species removal efforts – in progress
    3. Increase conservation outreach and education events with local public schools – in progress
     Links and Resources Discover more information related to native plants, pollinators, and invasive species management.