Marion donating land to monarch butterfly pollinator initiative

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MARION, Iowa (KCRG) -- The effort to set aside a thousand acres of land in Linn County for monarch butterflies and other pollinators is getting closer to happening.

Marion's city manager told TV9 the city is looking at donating a little more than 29 acres this year to the 1,000 Acre Pollinator Initiative. The program sets aside urban public land to increase pollinator habitat in the county.

The concept was created with help from Cedar Rapids, Marion, Linn County Conservation and the Monarch Research Project. They've set aside more than 170 acres to date.