PCA/NFWF Native Plant Conservation Initiative 2011 Projects
Securing Native Plants with Pollinators (CA)
Coevolution Institute will develop a database of plant-pollinator relationships for United States listed rare and threatened plant species, a technical guides for monarch butterfly habitat support and monitoring, a national bumble bee monitoring program, an outreach posters and online postings for public education, and a pollinator education and gardening kit for school children to enhance environmental understanding and stewardship. The project will mitigate data deficiently and the knowledge gap in plant-pollinator interactions, and support stable and resilient plant-pollinator systems.
Grantee: Coevolution Institute
Native Plant Stewardship in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (AZ, UT)
Grand Canyon Trust will train and engage "Budding Botanist" volunteers in compiling new and existing native plant distribution information for the monument, compile a comprehensive plant species list and distribution map for Vermilion Cliffs NM and entering plant collections onto a regional online database. The project will provide opportunities for an improved understanding of the status, diversity, and occurrence of the monument’s plant communities.
Grantee: Grand Canyon Trust
Endangered Vernal Pool Plant Assessment and Restoration (CA)
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation will engage citizen science volunteers to assess the status of three plants endemic to Sonoma county by evaluating pollinators, vernal pools, and climate change. The project will contribute to the recovery and delisting of three federally and state listed endangered annual plant species: Sonoma sunshine, Sebastopol meadowfoam, and Burke's goldfields.
Grantee: Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Rare Plant Surveys in High Priority Arid Lands in California
California Native Plant Society will coordinate and train volunteers and students to collect population and pollination data on rare plants found in the desert and desert transitional lands of California. The project will disseminate results through database submissions and reports with partner organizations, influence management policies and modeling of climate change effects, monitoring of rare species, and species recovery plans.
Grantee: California Native Plant Society
Establishing Native Plant Populations in Wet Meadows of Kings canyon National Park (CA)
Sequoia Parks Foundation will restore 4.7 acres of native wet meadow habitat in Kings Canyon National Park by planting 40,000 native seedlings in areas that were previously dominated by non-native reed canarygrass. The project will create valuable habitat and data that will help land managers select competitive native plants and develop management plans.
Grantee: Sequoia Parks Foundation
Seeds of Success National Coordination (IL)
Chicago Horticultural Society will assist, manage, and train 65 Seeds of Success collecting teams to increase the quantity and quality of native plant materials available for restoration. The project will grow the National Collection to 13,500 accessions, training a new cadre of seed collection mentors and interns, and targeting future collections to previously uncollected species and unvisited locations.
Grantee: Chicago Horticultural Society
Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and Network Development
City Parks Foundation will initiate collaborations and activities to establish a regional seed bank and network to meet both national Seeds of Success seed bank goals and regional conservation and management needs for ecoregional seeds. The project will expand Seeds of Success network and establish the mid-Atlantic region.
Grantee: City Parks Foundation (NY)
Partnership for Seed Banking on Federal Agency Lands (MO)
The Center for Plant Conservation will collect and secure material of a minimum of 39 G1 plant species collections that occur on federal lands and deposit them at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation. The project will collect seed from US Forest Serivce, Bureau of Land Management, and US Fish and Wildlife Service lands nationwide.
Grantee: The Center for Plant Conservation
Development of Optimal Rare Plant Monitoring Protocols (IL)
Chicago Horticultural Society will develop standardized protocols for monitoring rare plant species on Forest Service lands. The project will increase standardization of monitoring protocols throughout the Forest Service, leading to more cost effective and accurate rare plant monitoring, improved analysis of existing and new plant monitoring data sets in the Forest Service.
Grantee: Chicago Horticultural Society
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