Nature foundation unveils $3.3M in monarch butterfly grants
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A consortium that includes agribusiness Monsanto and a national wildlife group says $3.3 million in grants are being doled out as part of an initial bid to stem the worrisome decline of monarch butterflies.
The 22 grants announced Monday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will be matched by more than $6.7 million from the recipients, who are in at least a dozen states.
The money is meant to restore up to 33,000 U.S. acres of habitat in areas identified by experts as key to monarch butterfly recovery.
St. Louis-based Monsanto said in March it was committing $4 million, most of it to the foundation's Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund.
Critics have partly blamed Monsanto's popular weed killer Roundup for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat.