Poet Coon Rapids announces Monarch fueling station project

By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association | May 24, 2018

Poet Biorefining Coon Rapids recently announced it is moving forward with the establishment of a Monarch fueling station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa.

The monarch habitat will span half an acre and seeding is expected to take place within the next month. The plant intends to involve local FFA and STEM students at every step of the process. 

“This project is a great opportunity to give back to the environment and the community,” said Ryan Filloon, plant manager of Poet Coon Rapids. “We are excited to work with the students on planting and maintaining the monarch habitat and to play our part in this state-wide effort to boost the population of these important pollinators.” 

The location and size of the plot was decided in consultation with Kevin Reynolds, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s Habitat Establishment Coordinator.

“I fully expect the Monarch Fueling Stations that Iowa’s biofuels plants are creating to have a meaningful impact on increasing the population of the monarch butterfly,” Reynolds said. “Even one local project can make a difference and that is a great lesson for the students who will be involved.”

The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by IRFA in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium in December 2017. It is a program to help Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel plants establish patches of monarch habitat on plant grounds.