The Exchange

The Exchange links farmers and ranchers with the resources they need to restore and conserve monarch habitat in an efficient, transparent and highly accountable way.

Farmers and ranchers are rewarded for the outcomes generated on their land with financial support from agribusiness, philanthropic foundations and concerned citizens.

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There are a variety of restoration activities that can be implemented on farms and ranches, depending upon what needs to be improved at each site.

In areas where prescribed burning is difficult to apply, such as in areas adjacent to a busy highway, mowing can be a suitable alternative. However, it is important to know the right times to mow. Otherwise, inappropriate timing can lead to high monarch mortality.
Prescribed Burns
Prescribed burning is a highly cost-effective tool for limiting woody plant encroachment, suppressing non-native plants, and enhancing native herbaceous plant diversity. Prescribed burns also promote game species populations (such as quail and turkey), enhance forage for livestock, and improve the overall health of a site.
Milkweed Planting
In some areas, the only missing component for high quality habitat is the availability of milkweed, which can be restored to the landscape through planting plugs or including milkweed seeds in a diverse seed mix.
Prairie Restoration
Prairie ecosystems comprised of deep-rooted grasses, diverse wildflowers and other non-woody plants can be restored to provide numerous benefits to pollinators and improve the overall health of a site.