May 15, 2016 at 8:00 am | Print View
CEDAR RAPIDS — The city of Cedar Rapids plans to convert 1,000 acres of unused, unproductive city property — mostly lawn that has to be regularly mowed and sprayed at considerable expense — to habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
The 1,000 Acres Pollinator Initiative will “promote a rapid, substantial increase in native pollinator habitat throughout our community,” Mayor Ron Corbett said.
He intends later this month to sign a pledge supporting initiatives promoting monarchs and other pollinators.
“This is good stewardship — no mow, no spray. We’ll end up money ahead while improving the environment and creating enjoyable green space,” Cedar Rapids Parks Superintendent Daniel Gibbins said.
“We want to be a statewide leader …
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