Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan

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The Ellwood Mesa Open Space Plan and the City’s General Plan/Coastal Land Use Plan identify the need for a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of monarch butterfly populations and supporting habitat and detection of trends in butterfly health, number, and behavior in the City. In response, the City prepared the following documents:

To view comments on the Draft Butterfly HMP and 2018 Implementation Plan, click here.

Questions related to the Monarch Butterfly Inventory and Habitat Management Plan should be addressed to Anne Wells, Advance Planning Manager, at (805) 961-7557 or awells@cityofgoleta.org. Comments on the Plan should be submitted to MonarchHMP@CityofGoleta.org.

For more information about visiting the Goleta Butterfly Grove (currently closed), please visit www.GoletaButterflyGrove.com. For more information about habitat management on Ellwood Mesa, please click here.

Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

On September 4, 2018, City staff will provide City Council with an update on the Draft Butterfly HMP and 2018 Implementation Plan. Information for the meeting is provided below:

Previous Meetings and Workshops (in 2018) 

On August 22, 2017, City staff provided the Public Tree Advisory Commission with an update on the Draft Butterfly HMP and 2018 Implementation Plan. Information for the meeting is provided below:

The City hosted a public workshop on August 16th, 2018 to discuss the Habitat Management Plan and Implementation Plan. Materials from the workshop are provided below:

Information from workshops help in 2011-2013 can be found here.

Additional Information

Western Monarch Conservation Plan. The purpose of the Western Monarch Conservation Plan is to identify and promote a shared set of conservation strategies for the entire life cycle of the western monarch population, including the overwintering grounds in California and breeding and migratory habitats throughout the western United States, to achieve the vision of a viable western population of monarch butterflies.