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INDIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION RECEIVES MONARCH BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION GRANT FROM DUKE ENERGY FOUNDATION

Indianapolis, IN (24 October 2017) – The Indiana Wildlife Federation is pleased to announce it has received an $8,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support monarch butterfly conservation efforts in the state of Indiana.

The Monarch Butterfly is the most widely recognized North American butterfly species which has seen an estimated 80% decline in its population over the last 20 years. Funding will not only provide support for monarch butterfly-focused activities like educational workshops, events and programs but will also provide financial support for the completion of a formal written statewide monarch conservation plan.

IWF has been working extensively in 2017 with collaborative partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the US Forest Service (USFS), and many others to affect positive changes in policy, improve land use practices and to implement public education and outreach events to raise awareness of these efforts. These strategies will all be encompassed by the statewide monarch conservation plan which is slated to be completed by the summer of 2018.

Emily Wood, executive director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation stated, “Since this butterfly’s life cycle is linked to a massive, annual migration stretching from Mexico to Canada, our conservation strategy must stretch to cover the same ground. IWF believes this can only be accomplished if we work together, and we are honored that Duke Energy Foundation was among the first in line to help.”

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where their customers live and work. “The Monarch project can have a true impact and legacy for generations to come,” said Dawn Horth with Duke Energy’s Foundation. “The Wildlife Federation is a good steward of our state’s environment and we’re glad to support this initiative.”

About Indiana Wildlife Federation

The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) has played a part in conserving Indiana's natural resources since 1938. As the nonprofit, grass-roots affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation; IWF works to promote the wise use of our renewable resources through educational programs like the Certified Wildlife Habitat and Landscaping the Sustainable Campus. With the support of our members, we are able to continue pursuing our mission to promote the conservation, sound management and sustainable use of Indiana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy and action.  Learn more or join at www.indianawildlife.org

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy powers vibrant communities by funding programs that support our three investment priorities: K to career, the environment and community impact. The Foundation annually provides more than $30 million in charitable grants.