Dominion Employees Volunteer to Help Monarch Butterflies

Team plants gardens of milkweed

By Northern Virginia Bureau
|  Thursday, Jun 5, 2014  |  Updated 5:02 PM EDT
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Volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power plant milkweed gardens for monarch butterflies.

Volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power plant milkweed gardens for monarch butterflies.

If you walk or bike along the W&OD trail in Loudoun County, you'll notice some new scenery.

Volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power planted several gardens for monarch butterflies.

The monarch population has dropped dramatically in recent years. Only 12 have been spotted so far this year in Loudoun County.

The gardens contain milkweed, essential in the life cycle of the monarch.

Nicole Hamilton, the president of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, said the monarch butterfly is important in the health of the world's ecology.

Adam Sizemore, a customer projects designer with Dominion Virginia Power, said projects like this one always attract a high number of volunteers.

W&OD Trail Park Manager Karl Mohle said park employees will help maintain the new gardens along with other volunteers.

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