Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$4M Available to Aid Monarch Butterflies

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$4M Available to Aid Monarch Butterflies

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STILLWATER - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will invest $4 million in 2016 in a new conservation effort to help agricultural producers in Oklahoma and nine other states provide food and habitat for monarch butterflies.

"These once-common butterflies are growing less familiar, and we know private lands will continue to play a crucial role in aiding the recovery of this species that serves as an indicator of ecosystem health," said Gary O'Neill, Natural Resource Conservation Service state conservationist in Oklahoma. "America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are stewards of the land, and this effort helps them make voluntary improvements that benefit working lands and monarchs."

The orange-and-black butterflies are known for their annual, multi-generational migration from central Mexico to as far north as Canada. …

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