b'Monitoring 1. Agency Engagement in Monitoringreport to track these statewide accomplishments, which Formalizing requests and setting expectations foris shared with conservation partners.future requests for data with state and federal agenciesWhile running the Working Lands for Wildlife Midwest (IDOA, IDNR, USDA, FWS) will allow these agenciesMonarch Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guide (WHEG), NRCS time to develop their own internal best practices forconsistently collects data on milkweed and preferred providing data. Consistently collected data can be usednectaring plant densities on private lands where the by agricultural stakeholders in Illinois to capture monarchland manager has requested NRCS technical or financial conservation activity already implemented. assistance. Using the WHEG results, NRCS helps the land manager develop a habitat conservation plan and 2. NRCS Data on Technical and Financial Assistancewill use the WHEG to also predict how implementation The NRCSs ability to make significant progressof that plan may improve monarch habitat suitability. toward the conservation of pollinators, monarchs, andAlthough NRCS is unable to share specific data collected other beneficial insects is demonstrated through thefrom private property, NRCS compiles data collected number of conservation plans, acres treated, practicesfrom private properties in order to evaluate monarch installed, and funds expended to implement applicablehabitat at a broader scale and to determine how NRCS conservation practices on private lands. Such successestechnical and financial assistance may be influencing are the product of intense coordination with partnermonarch populations within the landscape.organizations and private land managers to meet common goals and objectives. NRCS prepares an annual 28Challenges For the Future and Strategies for Success'