Oregon will receive $557,600 in federal funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch and Pollinator Fund.
The funding is designed to increase and improve western monarch butterfly and pollinator habitats in Oregon and California.
Overall, monarch populations in the United States have plummeted more than 80% in the past two decades. Without emergency help, it’s almost certain that the western population of monarchs will disappear within 50 years, researchers said.
The grants will come from a new pool of funding that was announced at Oregon U.S. Sen. Merkley’s summit on preserving the monarch butterfly, which he co-hosted in collaboration with the Department of the Interior this past June.