County implementing new mowing practices along state highways to boost monarch habitat

La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI)

June 28, 2022

You may notice more lush greenery along state highways in La Crosse County this summer, and if you’re lucky you may also spot the fluttering wings of a monarch butterfly.

The reason for the longer foliage is a new Wisconsin Department of Transportation program to increase habitat enjoyed by monarchs along state highways. The state program will pause mowing along highways until October, when the butterfly season is over. Previously, all mowing had to be completed by July 1.

The La Crosse County Highway Department is responsible for maintaining 162 miles of state highways within La Crosse County, which includes mowing rights-of-way.

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