The Xerces Society is offering habitat kits that contain native milkweed and pollinator-friendly wildflowers and shrubs at no cost to Oregon farmers and community partners. This unique program offers carefully selected, native and regionally appropriate plant materials directly to our partners for shovel-ready projects aimed at providing habitat for pollinators. Many insect pollinators are declining in Oregon, including bees and butterflies. One important step we can take to protect pollinators is to increase the amount of pesticide-free habitat available to these species. To this end, the Xerces Society is offering habitat kits that contain climate-smart native plants to project partners who are willing to provide the time, labor, and land to develop habitats that support monarchs and other pollinators.
The window for submitting Project Proposal Forms for the 2023 Oregon Habitat Kit Program will open on February 21 and close on April 3, 2023
We have two types of habitat kits available; the contents of each kit varies by region. Some types of kits are only available in certain regions. This is because we want to work with local plant and seed producers and use local plant ecotypes in our Habitat Kits as much as possible. All kits are comprised of native plants that have been identified as having high value to monarchs and other pollinators and are grown without the use of systemic pesticides that may be harmful to pollinators. You may request multiple kits if needed for your project. Please reference the map on the Xerces Society’s website linked below to ensure your project area is within one of the kit regions listed.
For more information: https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/habitat-kits/oregon