Xcel Energy to Create Butterfly, Bee Habitat in Monticello Thursday

June 30, 2016 12:34 PM

Xcel Energy is dedicating some of its land to helping restore butterfly and bee habits.

On Thursday, company officials say they will turn seven acres of property near a substation in Monticello into a Monarch Migration Corridor.

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They also plan to educate kids at the Monticello Community Center about pollinators and have them help plant seedlings. The planting event is planned for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, weather permitting.

The planting event is part of the company’s pollinator initiative to plant milkweed and flowers on Xcel Energy-owned property near substations and utility rights-of-way.

In 2015, the company signed a “Pollinator Pledge” that committed at least 50 acres in the St. Croix River Valley to pollinator-friendly habitats.


Jennie Lissarrague

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