PCA/NFWF Native Plant Conservation Initiative 2004 Projects
Pollinator Biology Training Course (AZ)
Organize and present a nine-day workshop, The Bee Course, in Portal, Arizona. Project will train conservation and pollination biologists on taxonomy and biology of bees.
Grantee: American Museum of Natural History
Conservation of Arizona and Sonoran Desert Habitat (AZ & Mexico)
Inventory the non-native buffelgrass throughout the Arizona upland subdivision of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico. Project will map distribution of buffelgrass populations and select 20 sites for in-depth data analysis.
Grantee: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Inc.
Herbarium Database and Website Development (SD/WY)
Construct a herbarium database and website to promote the conservation of grasses of the Black Hills/Bear Lodge Mountains and surrounding areas in South Dakota. Project will increase knowledge of species present and their distributions.
Grantee: Black Hills State University
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument Survey (AZ)
Continue floristic inventories conducted from 2000 to 2003 in two new national monuments on the Arizona Strip. Project will locate rare plants, provide data to help in seeding projects, and provide information on presence of noxious weeds.
Grantee: Bureau of Land Management
Plant Workshops in the Sierra Nevada Foothills (CA)
Train volunteers to collect plant community data in the Sierra Nevada Foothills over a 3.6 million acre area. The work will fill in data gaps for conservation and federal plans.
Grantee: California Native Plant Society
Trestle Park Corridor Project (MI)
Remove and abate an old railroad trestle to restore a portion of an abandoned railroad site. The one block corridor will be the first portion of a non-motorized trail system and demonstrate native habitat, encourage pollinators and educate the public.
Grantee: Central Lake Superior Watershed Partnership
Prairie Orchid Recovery (IL, MN)
Investigate pollinator populations and land use patterns that likely affect the viability of pollinator populations across the range of two federally endangered orchid species. Project will also produce management recommendations.
Grantee: Chicago Horticultural Society
Seeds of Success (IL)
Develop a seed bank focusing on local ecotypes of tallgrass prairie seed to be used for prairie restoration in Illinois. Project will contribute to the larger Seeds of Success program, which seeks to safeguard plant biodiversity via seed conservation.
Grantee: Chicago Horticultural Society
Lyle-Klickitat Native Plant Restoration (WA)
Replace non-native vegetation with native bunch grasses and herbaceous flora, enhancing the ecological integrity of a federal recreation site and creating habitat for sensitive species.
Grantee: Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute
Endangered Prairie Restoration and Education (OR)
Reintroduce/enhance populations of rare prairie plants at three protected sites with school groups in the central Willamette Valley, Oregon. The project will support the recovery of federally listed species and educate children about plant conservation.
Grantee: Institute for Applied Ecology
Sonoran Desert Native Plant Habitat Restoration (AZ)
Create a 130-mile nectar corridor for the Sonoran Desert migratory pollinators whose native plant habitat is currently threatened by drought, development and degradation. Partnerships with multiple organizations is designed to maximize public involvement.
Grantee: International Sonoran Desert Alliance
Mescalero Apache Tribe: Enchancing Cultural Plants (NM)
Assess existing populations of culturally important plants. Project will also identify management options for restoring and/or enhancing populations and distribution of cultural plants across the reservation landscape.
Grantee: Mescalero Apache Tribe
Weed Busters Handbook (Mid-Atlantic Region)
Produce a bound, illustrated handbook for land managers with guidance on identification and management of 60 invasive plant species impacting the Mid-Atlantic region. Project will convey effective techniques needed to properly manage invasive species.
Grantee: National Park Service
California Native Plant Georeferencing (CA)
Complete georeferencing of approximately 340,000 California plant collections housed at the University and Jepson Herbaria. Project will incorporate data into an online database of information regarding California flora.
Grantee: Regents of the University of California - Berkeley
Reestablishing Ptilimnium nodosum (Harperella) (NC)
Develop methods for reestablishing viable, self-sustaining populations of Ptilimnium nodosum (Harperella), along the Deep River in Chatham Co., North Carolina as a preliminary step in the effort to remove it from the federal endangered species list.
Grantee: The Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.
Hybridization and Recovery Options for Purshia (AZ)
Examine the threat of hybridization of the native plant Purshia with common cliffrose. Project will define occurrence in Verde Valley, correlate environmental characteristics with distribution, and continue demographic monitoring.
Grantee: The Desert Botanical Garden, Inc.
Restoration of Golden Paintbrush in Washington
Test methods for establishing viable populations of the federally threatened golden paintbrush. Project will identify the most effective methods for restoration site identification and establish populations at two protected areas.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
Glacial Lake Albany Native Plant Conservation-II (NY)
Restore eight acres of successional white pine forest in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park to high quality Karner blue butterfly habitat. Project will also develop and implement a management plan for restored butterfly habitat.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy - Eastern New York
Steptoe Valley Sage-grouse Habitat Restoration (NV)
Restore habitat for the Greater sage-grouse in Steptoe Valley, NV by developing and transferring management strategies to the BLM. The project will support/enhance partnerships among area conservation, federal, non-profit, agriculture and wildlife groups.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy - Nevada
Soldiers Delight Interpretive Trail & Exhibit (MD)
Enhance a section of trails at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area with interpretive signs that highlight the fringed gentian and the sand plains gerardia, both endangered plants. Signs will emphasize the importance of biodiversity in the park.
Grantee: Towson University
Long-term Drought and Rare Species in SW U.S.
Compare historic pre-drought distribution with current distribution and vitality of eight plant taxa in northern Arizona and southern Utah. The results will help guide management of the taxa studied as well as provide a framework for further conservation.
Grantee: Transition Zone Horticultural Institute, Inc.
Chesapeake Bay and Schoolyard Habitats Program (MD, DC, VA, PA, DE, WV, NY)
Reprint the guide, Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay, in order to continue its distribution throughout the Bay watershed to guide planning and enhance the quality of habitat and gardening projects.
Grantee: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Volunteers Protecting Our Natural Heritage (GA)
Organize a grassroots network of volunteers: (1) serve as stewards for 21 imperiled rare habitats under powerline right-of-ways, (2) help locate and monitor lost rare plant populations, and (3) monitor the status of known locations of rare plants.
Grantee: University of Georgia
Conservation and Restoration of Native Plants (HI)
Restore a burned area of critical habitat in the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve with native plants. Project will also monitor the regeneration status of four plants in the reserve through pollination, seed predation, and germination studies.
Grantee: University of Hawaii - Manoa
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