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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 2018-2068
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