George Andrejko

Jena Donnell

Nebraskaland Magazine - Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Amanda Barth - Chair
Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator
Species Recovery Program
Utah Department of Natural Resources
1594 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
PO Box 145610
Phone: (385) 290-9829

Stafford Lehr - Director Sponsor
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 653-4207
Fax: (916) 653-7387







Monarch Working Group

Since 1997, both western and eastern populations of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) have shown significant declines. Based on information provided in a 2014 petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that there was substantive information to list the monarch butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This initiated a 12-month species status assessment (SSA), which when completed, will further inform the FWS for their June 30, 2019 listing decision. 

In 2017, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) established the Western Monarch Working Group (WMWG) to  proactively lead a multi-state cooperative effort for conservation of the western monarch population. The WAFWA directors articulated the purpose of this newest WAFWA work group is to identify and promote unified, ecosystem-based management approaches at the landscape-level for the western population of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), and pollinators in general, across all partner agencies and interested partners.

Therefore, the Working Group established several near-term objectives specifically to inform the SSA, including the development of a western Monarch Conservation Plan in 2018. Future objectives will focus on implementation of actions contained within the Conservation Plan with the long-term goal of improving status and maintaining persistence for the monarch throughout the western portion of the species range into the foreseeable future (50 years).

WAFWA Monarch Working Group Charter


Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan 2019-2069