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Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project

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NRCS is working with agricultural producers to combat the decline of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed and other nectar-rich plants on private lands. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  To accelerate conservation to benefit monarch butterflies, NRCS is targeting conservation efforts at the heart of the butterfly’s migration route. NRCS launched the effort in 2015, and assistance is available for producers in 10 states in the Southern Plains and Midwest including Oklahoma.

With assistance from NRCS, producers and conservation partners can plant milkweed and nectar-rich plants along field borders, in buffers along waterways or around wetlands, in pastures and other suitable locations.

Additional information on the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project can be found on the National NRCS Website, including valuable resources such as Important Plants of the Monarch Butterfly and a complete project description.


Eligible producers include persons or entities who are owners of land in agriculture production or those who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land and that have an air quality related natural resource concern on the agricultural operation. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland and other farm or ranch lands.

Producers must submit a program application and other documentation to support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.  Contact your local NRCS field office for more details regarding eligibility and application requirements.


Applications for the EQIP Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project will be accepted on a continuous basis but only those applications received prior to the announced date will be considered for funding in Fiscal Year 2016.  Applications submitted after this deadline will be evaluated and considered for funding in later funding cycles.  Producers must submit a complete application and  documentation to support eligibility, to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP.


Applications will be screened and ranked according to the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Screening and Ranking Criteria below.

Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Ranking Criteria PDF; 22 KB
Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Screening Criteria PDF; 154 KB
Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Priority Map PDF; 176 KB


Oklahoma Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development FY2016 EQIP Cost List (PDF; 130 KB)

All monarch habitat development efforts will be planned under the umbrella practice of Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645). In following practice 645, the monarch butterfly will be the “targeted wildlife species,” and the criteria that a “habitat evaluation or appraisal will be used” will be met by the application of the Monarch Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guide (WHEG), Southern Great Plains Version. The following is a list of approved core and supporting practices for this initiative.

Conservation Practice Name

Core Practices Supporting Practices
Brush Management Fence
Conservation Cover Fire Break
Early Successional Habitat Development Heavy Use Area Protection
Field Border Herbaceous Weed Control
Forage Harvest Management Integrated Pest Management
Prescribed Burning Livestock Pipeline
Prescribed Grazing Pond
Range Planting Pumping Plant
Riparian Herbaceous Cover Water Well
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management Watering Facility
  Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management


Program Contact

Brandon Bishop
EQIP Program Manager
Phone: 405-742-1278
Email: Brandon Bishop

For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.