Western Monarch Working Group

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.

The WMWG established several near-term objectives specifically to inform the SSA, including the development of a western Monarch Conservation Plan, which was completed and approved by WAFWA at their January 2019 mid-winter meeting. 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).

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3380 Americana Terrace
Suite 320
Boise, Idaho  83706
Phone: (208) 331-9431


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Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan


Concurrent with the status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) have actively promoted collaborative efforts across state, organizational, and landownership boundaries to address threats and opportunities facing monarchs and other pollinators. This document, The Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, is intended to articulate and attain WAFWA’s vision to identify and promote a shared set of coordinated, ecosystem-based conservation strategies across all partner agencies to achieve the vision of a viable western monarch population.